Government urged to do more to protect teachers
The government has been urged to do more to protect teachers after it was revealed that insurers were forced to pay out more than £20 million as a result of injuries to such professionals last year.
Unions released the figures this week and they included a number of cases in which teachers had to take early retirement as a result of health problems caused by accidents.
One slipped on some food that had not been cleared up in a stairwell and had to give up their job due to chronic pain and a hernia.
Another – who received £495,000 in personal injury compensation – was pushed into a filing cabinet by a pupil and suffered such serious spinal injuries that they were left wheelchair-bound.
Chris Keates from NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union said compensation is cold comfort to people whose lives have been irreparably damaged as a result of potentially avoidable accidents.
“[The government] should be investigating and addressing the shoddy employment practices that lead to the unfair and unsafe treatment of teachers,” she added.
According to a YouGov poll, half of all teachers have considered leaving their job as a result of stress and a lack of support.
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