Parents getting competitive with presents for teacher

Parents urged to stop splurging on end of term gifts


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


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.


“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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