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Par­ents told: Don’t spend over £50 on teacher’s gift

- By Ge­or­gia Ed­kins Society · Education · Parenting · Family

MOST chil­dren don’t give their teach­ers Christ­mas presents – and those who do prob­a­bly draw the line at a card and a box of choco­lates.

At one school in Ox­ford­shire, how­ever, it seems the sea­sonal gift giv­ing has be­come a touch ex­ces­sive.

So much so that the school has asked overly gen­er­ous par­ents not to spend more than £50 on treats for Sir or Miss.

St He­len and St Katharine in­de­pen­dent girls’ school in Abingdon has had to im­pose the price cap so staff are not put in an ‘awk­ward po­si­tion’, The Times re­ported.

It comes amid claims that some teach­ers at pri­vate schools are be­ing show­ered with ex­pen­sive gifts in­clud­ing de­signer hand­bags and meals at top restau­rants.

In what has been de­scribed by one critic as a ‘par­tic­u­larly joy­less’ move, par­ents at the £5,490-a-term St He­len and St Katharine will also be banned from giv­ing teach­ers vouch­ers worth more than £100.

Bur­sar David Eley said the school’s char­i­ta­ble sta­tus prompted the de­ci­sion. He said they were ‘obliged to have a pol­icy in this area to en­sure strong gov­er­nance’.

Par­ents on the fam­ily in­ter­net fo­rum Mum­snet ex­pressed dis­be­lief, with many writ­ing that the av­er­age amount they would spend on their chil­dren’s teach­ers would be be­tween £5 and £20. One teacher wrote: ‘I’d be mor­ti­fied if ev­ery par­ent thought they had to spend £10 on me, over the class that would be £300.

‘The thing I ap­pre­ci­ate most is a note in the Christ­mas card to say their child is happy and set­tled.’

Mean­while a se­nior edi­tor at the Good Schools Guide said that by in­tro­duc­ing the cap, some par­ents may feel that £50 was the go­ing rate for a teacher’s present.

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