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HOARSE TEACHER TO SUE KNOWSLEY

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A teacher who took early retirement after she lost her voice, allegedly because she was forced to shout to her pupi...
A teacher who took early retirement after she lost her voice, allegedly because she was forced to shout to her pupils, is suing Knowsley MBC for negligence.

Frances Oldfield gave up her post as deputy headteacher at Blacklow Brow primary school in 1992 after her voice was reduced to a whisper. Mrs Oldfield officially retired in 1993 and had an operation on her vocal chords.

She alleges that the background noise in the open-plan school caused her to raise her voice, contributing to her condition. Mrs Oldfield also claims that Knowsley failed to give her voice training.

The teacher won a claim for industrial injury benefit from the Department of Social Security. But Knowsley assistant education director David Williams said: 'We will, with our insurers, vigorously defend this case and deny negligence.'
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