Par­ents film sports day on iPads – to chal­lenge re­sults

Daily Mail - - News - By Tom Payne

A HEADTEACHER has re­buked pushy par­ents who in­sist on film­ing sports days just so they can chal­lenge the re­sults.

In the lat­est ex­am­ple of ul­tra- com­pet­i­tive par­ent­ing, moth­ers and fa­thers of chil­dren at a pri­mary school used their iPads to film their chil­dren com­pet­ing in races, jump­ing events and throw­ing con­tests.

Those dis­sat­is­fied with their child’s per­for­mance or plac­ing in the com­pe­ti­tions have brought the video ‘ev­i­dence’ into school to try to en­cour­age teach­ers to change the re­sults.

Their petty be­hav­iour has led Sian Evans, head at Mynydd By­chan pri­mary school in Cathays, Cardiff, to is­sue a strongly-worded let­ter in­sist­ing: ‘The teacher’s word is fi­nal.’

Mrs Evans wrote to the school’s 200 par­ents: ‘The mem­bers of staff at the fin­ish line, and no­body else, have the ab­so­lute fi­nal say and as to the first, sec­ond and third place po­si­tions. Un­for­tuthis nately, dur­ing the last few years par­ents have ap­proached mem­bers of staff with ev­i­dence that they had filmed on elec­tronic de­vices such as iPads in or­der to prove that their child should have been awarded a higher po­si­tion in a par­tic­u­lar race and com­ments also ap­peared on Face­book. If hap­pens again, there is a strong pos­si­bil­ity that we will have to con­sider chang­ing the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of our sports morn­ing.’

The Welsh lan­guage school has 200 pupils and holds its sports day at the gi­ant Na­tional In­door Ath­let­ics Cen­tre in the city.

The be­hav­iour of par­ents at sports events has been of in­creas­ing con­cern in re­cent years.

Moth­ers and fa­thers want­ing to brag about their chil­dren’s achieve­ments on so­cial me­dia have sought to chal­lenge teach­ers’ de­ci­sions, lead­ing to ugly clashes at the school gates.

In 2016, par­ents were banned from shout­ing at ju­nior foot­ball matches in Hamp­shire. The de­ci­sion was made fol­low­ing a se­ries of punch- ups be­tween adults on the touch­lines.

‘Ap­proached staff with ev­i­dence’

‘i think school sports day has be­come too com­pet­i­tive’

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