All I Want for Christmas Is…

A couple of weeks ago, news broke that a private school in Oxfordshire was capping the value of gifts to teachers at £50. Besides a job at any school where parents might actually lavish staff with such appreciation, it got us wondering what all the teachers on Santa’s good list this year might be wishing for… Here are some ideas from our Christmas list: A magic marker. Not those thick felt-tips that students always think they can get high on, we’re talking about an enchanted pen that skips through piles of books, annotating pupils’ work with the words of wisdom … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas Is…

Pupil Presents: Is This Something We Want to Encourage?

Katrina Mills remembers some old favourites and attempts to get to the heart of gift-giving. It’s that time of year again! I’ve been searching the shops and wracking my brain for an appropriate present for the teacher, TA and headmistress at my son’s school. Which are they most likely to receive less of and find most appealing? The candles? The plants/flowers? The soap on a rope? How many bottles of Prosecco will they already have been given by my son’s eager classmates this year? How many boxsets of dire bathing goods can any woman really use? These are the questions … Continue reading Pupil Presents: Is This Something We Want to Encourage?