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NASUWT warns about treatment of teachers as £14.9m compensation secured in a year

Millions of pounds in compensation was paid to teachers

TEACHERS suffered "a catalogue of appalling treatment" at the hands of employers last year, a union has claimed.

Millions of pounds in compensation was paid to teachers who faced attacks from pupils, injuries and discrimination in the workplace, latest figures show.

Five-figure sums were brokered for those on the end of the worst treatment.

The findings were shared by the NASUWT union, which is holding its annual national conference in Belfast this week.

One 54-year-old disabled teacher received £45,000 after being dismissed for querying the failure to put in place reasonable adjustments to enable him to do his job.

He had multiple disabilities, including a form of arthritis, hypertension, gout and diabetes, of which the employer was aware.

The teacher had requested a trolley to aid his mobility, for disabled parking bays to be kept free for those with disabilities, the removal of classroom equipment which was in his way and for an interactive whiteboard, large wireless keyboard and stool to be provided for his classroom.

The employer started an investigation into his alleged conduct and he was eventually dismissed via the school's disciplinary procedure.

The NASUWT also secured £10,000 for a 33-year-old member who was racially abused by students at her school more than a dozen times over the course of 18 months.

It said £14.9 million was secured from employers for members during the past 12 months.

In Northern Ireland alone, the figure was £33,000. The union secured the correct rate of pay for a 53 year-old supply teacher member from Co Antrim.

She took up a supply role with a grammar school but found she was paid below the pay point that she was due. The member later received her correct rate.

The union experienced an increase in cases relating to flexible-working requests and discrimination based on age, sexual orientation and religion.

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