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Teachers Are Being Given More And More Expensive Gifts By Their Pupils

26/03/2010 12:50 | Updated 22 May 2015

Children and their parents are splashing out on gifts for teachers like never before, it has been revealed.

Never mind an apple for teacher - some are being given opera tickets, Test match tickets, champagne, Tiffany bracelets, Mulberry handbags or a brace of pheasants.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) carried out a survey of 1,000 of its members and found that 93% had received gifts.

Chocolate was the most popular present but some pupils had gone a lot further.

However some teachers were not so lucky. One was given a half-eaten chocolate bar, another got a torn book with pages missing and another got a second hand photo album with dog hair all over it. Nice.

The ATL says pupils and parents should not feel under pressure to buy presents for their teachers.

But it seems to have become the culture in many schools to give them gifts at the end of the academic year or at religious festivals.

Primary school teacher Chris Clarke told the BBC: "Although I am very grateful that pupils and their parents appreciate what I do for them, I do feel that in our school there is a culture of present-giving that can become almost unhealthy.

"I make a point of especially praising those pupils who make gifts or cards rather than buy them."

The ATL is due to debate a motion at its annual conference next week about whether gift-giving has become too competitive.

ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted told the BBC: "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.

"Staff are just as delighted by a handmade gift or card - the thought really does count."

Do you feel under pressure to give your children's teachers lavish gifts?

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