Parents getting competitive with presents for teacher

Parents urged to stop splurging on end of term gifts

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If you’re planning to buy your children’s teacher an end-of-term present, don’t go overboard.

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That’s the message from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)  – and it will be a relief to those parents who feel gift giving at their children’s schools has become too competitive.

In a survey of 1,000 of its members, the ATL found 93% had received gifts from pupils and their parents, reports the BBC. While the majority had received chocolates and flowers, in some cases presents included a Mulberry handbag and a Tiffany bracelet.

ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted said, “Although most staff like getting presents from their pupils to show their hard work is appreciated, they don’t expect them.

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“Staff certainly don’t want their pupils to feel they have to give presents and feel humiliated if they can’t afford to do so. They’re just as delighted by a handmade gift or card – the thought really does count.”

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