Schoolai??i??s Negligent Failure To Supervise

A parentai??i??s basic expectation of a school is that during the break times between classes their child will be properly supervised so that they remain safe at school.Ai??Younger children require a higher level of supervision than older children, however, nonetheless, older children still require supervision during break times at school.

The Court of Appeal considered an accident compensation claim when a 14 year old boy suffered a serious eye injury during the lunchtime break at school.Ai??The boy walked onto a large field where the school children were allowed to play during the lunch break at school and was unfortunately hit in the eye by a large stone that had been thrown by another boy.Ai??Apparently a boy had placed food on the ground to attract seagulls so that he could throw stones at the qnexa. birds when they came to get the food.

The school employed two dinner ladies to supervise the children that were both inside the school buildings and also outside on the large field.Ai??It was unclear how many children were on the schoolai??i??s field at the time of the accident and it may have been in the region of 300 children.Ai??The dinner lady working outside on the large field admitted that she focussed her attention on the younger children and had time to give the older children only the occasional glance.Ai??The Court of Appeal decided that this was a negligent level of supervision and the injured boy was entitled to claim compensation from the education authority for suffering the accident.Ai??The purpose of supervision is to deter children taking part in dangerous activities and this clearly had not happened on the schoolai??i??s field due to their being only one dinner lady to look after about 300 children.

The Court of Appealai??i??s decision in Palmer v Cornwall County Council