Pupils have been awarded £4m in compensation for accidents at school including tripping over a tree branch or trampolining

They included a youngster who tripped over a tree branch and another who got an arm trapped behind a hot radiator.

Payouts were made on 278 compensation claims in England last year — costing taxpayers £3.96million.

The toll was up ten per cent on £3.6million in 2016, figures released under Freedom of Information laws revealed.

The branch-trip pupil in St Helens, Merseyside, was paid £4,500.

Northumberland County Council handed out £9,429 for the radiator accident and a separate £10,000 for a leg fracture from “a bucket swing”.

In Halton, Merseyside, a pupil got £50,000 after losing a tooth in a collision with a student during a PE lesson.

A trampolining incident that left a pupil injured in Southampton led to a £45,751 payout.

And a youngster hurt tripping over a speed bump at school was paid £7,000 by Derby County Council.

While accepting that some payouts are justified, John O’Connell of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Council compensation culture is costing taxpayers dear.

“Every penny that goes on settlements or costlier insurance is cash that can’t be spent on essential services.”

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