Should you give End of Year Teachers gifts?
Proms, tiny graduations and end of year teachers gifts. Among the many imports from the US of A that have become traditions over here, but are they welcome?
I asked three teachers what they thought about end of year gifts from their students.
Mrs A said ‘While I’m grateful for any gift, if I am asked, I always say that they shouldn’t buy anything but I do like home made cards’
Mr B said ‘There is a limit to how many Best Teacher mugs can fit in the staff room. If parents don’t want to buy a gift, that’s absolutely fine. They shouldn’t feel like we would think any less of anyone for not buying a gift.’
Mrs C said ‘It’s lovely when we get small personal or handmade cards. A couple of years ago I had a badge that a student had made saying “Because of you, I love maths’ and I still have that.’
A Nationwide Building Society survey of 2000 parents in 2017, suggests that each Teacher gets around £300 in gifts and the average spend is just under £10 per gift.
Do you think that Teachers gifts are a good way of showing your appreciation, or do you dread shopping for your childs teacher?