Last year, 10 schoolchildren won payouts from councils after being assaulted by playground bullies, making a total of £119,130.The payments include Warrington Council having to pay a pupil £32,500, while another was given £25,000.Surrey paid £25,000 to a pupil who brought a successful claim for bullying; Hertfordshire paid £20,000 to one pupil and £5,000 to another, and Sheffield made separate payments for £1,000 and £1,750.The figures were revealed in a Freedom of Information survey. Department for Education data shows 58,130 children were suspended from school for violence or bullying last year, more than 300 a day, while 860 were expelled.
Christopher McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “If schools had proper systems in place to protect pupils from bullying, they would not be subject to claims. Some are failing our children. Firstly, they are not protecting them from assault and, secondly, they are depleting educational budgets to cover payouts to victims of assault.“This is a shameful waste of taxpayers’ money.”For a compensation claim to be successful, the victim must prove that the school authorities were negligent.