On the scent of a teacher’s pet

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Aschool in Ox­ford­shire has told par­ents not to spend more than £50 on end-of-term teacher presents. I sus­pect the staff are peeved. At Tatler, we cam­paigned on this is­sue, call­ing for a clam­p­down on Chanel and Prada presents for teach­ers. At one school, a staff mem­ber had ap­par­ently been of­fered the use of the fam­ily jet. It could fall foul of the Bribery Act, we said, and it put more pres­sure on par­ents al­ready strapped by fees. Schools were livid. I’ve been re­search­ing the is­sue since my new novel is set in a posh Lon­don school and such presents are deemed a big perk of the job. In my school, a £900 tin of caviar is doled out by a Rus­sian mother to one teacher at Christ­mas who later feeds it to his cat. All fic­tional, of course…

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