Teacher’s unfair dismissal compensation reduced to zero because of her conduct towards pupil

Posted in : Quarterly Education Law Updates on 5 April 2022
Paul Upson
Napier Solicitors
Issues covered: Unfair Dismissal; Contributory Faults


On 2 February 2022, the EAT handed down its decision in the case of Lewis v The Governing Body of Tai’rgwaith Primary School[1]. The case involved a teacher who was dismissed by the school following an incident in which a pupil was pulled to the floor.

Industrial Tribunals in Northern Ireland are not strictly obliged to follow judgments of the EAT for England and Wales. However, an Industrial Tribunal in this jurisdiction will generally take such judgments into account when making their own decisions.

Factual background

The teacher in this case began working at the school in September 2001. Child B was a pupil in the teacher’s class. Child B had learning difficulties. On 15

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This article is correct at 05/04/2022

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Paul Upson
Napier Solicitors

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