One of the highest payouts was a settlement of almost £250,0000 given to a teacher in the Eastern region of England, who lost her balance and fell while using a table and chair to put up a display by her class.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.Another teacher from the Midlands, also received £250,000 after being subjected to continuing incidents of violence and poor pupil behaviour over four years.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.This led the member’s “steadily worsening health and eventual breakdown”, the union said, and a claim was brought that ended in the six-figure settlement.The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) released fresh compensation figures today.One of their members, a 26-year-old trainee teacher from London was “forced out” after becoming pregnant and won a £35,000 payout from her school. Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT, said that there has been a “significant increase” in members facing discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, religion and sexual orientation. “The scale of discrimination and prejudice is deeply disturbing and it is likely that this is only the tip of the iceberg,” she said. A teacher who asked a female student to stop chewing gum was beaten so badly that she developed post-traumatic stress disorder, a report has revealed.The staff member, who worked at an academy in the North West region, was subjected to a “prolonged assault” by a teenage girl who “flew into a rage”.The teacher suffered blows to the stomach and bruises on her hand after she asked the girl to stop chewing gum before a lesson, and then prevented the teenage girl from entering her classroom.When another staff member came to help, she was injured even more, and went on to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as well as depression.A National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) report, which details compensation claims from its members, said that the school failed to report the incident to the police so the teacher made the report herself. She was awarded almost £50,000 in damages and that the student was later prosecuted and found guilty of assault.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.They included almost £85,000 for a teacher who slipped on black ice, and £60,000 for another who fell on spilled food and liquid. Another teacher was awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds in compensation after falling while putting up a class display Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.