Another teacher was awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds in compensation after falling while putting up a class display, the report said.
The six-figure pay-out was among cases in which education workers were awarded settlements for accidents on school property. The teacher suffered a fracture in the fall, which also aggravated the symptoms of her foot fibromyalgia and depressive illness, according to the NUT. The injuries prevented the teacher from working and her contract was terminated.
A case was brought against the local authority for failing to provide proper work equipment. The local authority failed to put an effective system to manage behaviour in place or carry out a formal risk assessment, according to the NUT. It emerged that 51 per cent of teachers complained of backchat and 46 per cent said children regularly arrived in class without the correct equipment, damaging the flow of the lesson.
When asked to attribute blame, 72 per cent said a lack of parental support was a significant issue, but 40 per cent also criticised the lack of support from senior management and another 40 per cent warned that class sizes were too big.
One teacher told researchers that there was "no sense of responsibility, a disregard for deadlines, authority and a 'blame someone else' culture, combined with a general lack of compassion towards the teacher to the point that teachers are treated like slaves". Another complained of pupils who suffer "low motivation caused by tiredness due to lack of quality sleep". One said pupils with particular difficulties emotional and behavioural difficulties had been put into mainstream schools without proper support, adding: A teacher cited "children on medication for ADHD and Tourette's whose parents don't ensure they take it regularly".
Find a university course for you NOW. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Friday 21 September O f those who did report the sexual harassment, in one in five incidents no action was taken against the harasser.
Four in ten said the harasser was spoken to about their behaviour, but the victim did not feel this matched the seriousness of the incident. The union, which is holding its annual conference this weekend in Liverpool, is urging the Government to provide statutory guidance on sexual harassment in schools.
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