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Survey: Pupils come bearing gifts at end-of-term

05/12/2011 Joanna
Eight out of ten teachers have revealed that they receive gifts from their pupils at the end of term, according to a survey by Teacher Support Network and Teacher Support Cymru.

The survey, which was conducted via email with subscribers to the Teaching Support e-newsletter, found that 39.7 per cent were the recipient of chocolates, while more than a quarter (25.6 per cent) revealed that their students had come bearing flowers.

Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) admitted that they had been brought gifts two or three times a year.

One respondent to the survey said: "I don't expect a gift, but it is lovely when you do. Also, it's nice to have written thanks from pupils and parents."

Some teachers revealed their embarrassment at receiving gifts however, with one-in-ten saying gifts made them feel 'awkward' and nine per cent saying that they feel 'embarrassed', particularly if they know their pupils are from low income families.

Research conducted by Debenhams last year indicated that the average amount spent on a gift for a teacher was £50, while families with more than one child often spent over £100.

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