Schools pay out £500k in claims

News, Portfolio

The compensation culture in Northern Ireland’s schools has been revealed in new figures that show pupils have claimed more than half-a-million pounds for injuries suffered.

A total of £578,120 in compensation has been paid out to schoolchildren by education boards in Northern Ireland in the periods 2008-09 and 2010-11.

One six-year-old boy was given £70,000 in compensation after a door was closed on his thumb in 2009-10. Compensation of £62,500 was paid out to a 14-year-old pupil the year before after he was hurt while climbing to retrieve a football.