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Schools need to stop gifts being given to teachers

Published 11/06/2015

Having seen some newspaper features on suitable gifts for pupils to give their teachers at the end of term, I'm yet again aghast at this trend.

Many teachers feel overwhelmed and cringe at receiving flowers, chocolates and trashy knick-knacks and trinkets, often passing these on to relatives, charity shops or gifting them for fundraising raffle prizes.

Supermarkets and other shops are cashing in on this, and I hear some teachers have received vouchers for days out, spa day gift vouchers and dinner vouchers for restaurants, as some parents strive to outdo each other.

Surely it is time that schools took the initiative and requested that parents stop giving these increasingly excessive presents, and instead perhaps suggest that they give the money they would spend to school funds or to the school's chosen charity.

Who will be the first head teacher to enforce this measure?

JUDI MARTIN

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