10/11/2010 09:40 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Teacher Wins £150k Payout For Voice Damage In Classroom

A teacher whose voice was permanently damaged as she struggled to make herself heard in the classroom has been awarded more than £150,000 in compensation.

Joyce Walters, 50, an English teacher, had to give up her post after developing nodules on her vocal cords, which she said were triggered by having to constantly raise her voice in the class and repeat herself over the din from a nearby playground .

She says she can still only speak for a short period before her throat becomes sore and her voice hoarse, despite months of speech therapy.