Cambridgeshire teachers paid £150k compensation

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Five teachers in Cambridgeshire were paid £150,000 in compensation in 2012, new figures reveal.

Educators were awarded damages for walking into doors, tripping over and, in one case, an assault. 

Details about the cases were not revealed, according to Cambridge News, mainly to protect the identity of those who were involved in the legal action, who may otherwise have been stigmatised by their colleagues or members of the public.

Most schools are insured against injury claims and as such, compensation payments will not reduce the amount of funding made available for students or classroom resources.

Councillor David Harty, Cambridgeshire County Council's cabinet member for education and learning, said: "The county council is responsible for over 200 schools and more than 8,000 staff based in schools. The number of successful claims is therefore a very small percentage."

A council spokesperson approached by Cambridge News confirmed the payments, but did not disclose any further information.

By Francesca Witney