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Parents expected to fund treats to boost teacher wellbeing

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Schools with tight budgets are turning to parents for help by asking them to fund sweet treats for the staffroom and other events to increase teacher wellbeing in a bid to meet Ofsted’s new requirement, but the drastic action has provoked anger amongst staff.

    ‘Cash-strapped schools are calling on parents to help fund social events for teachers – and even "biscuits and treats" for the staffroom – in order to help meet a new Ofsted requirement on wellbeing, it is claimed.

    One headteacher, in a letter to parents, said school funding was at an "all-time low" and called for them to support funding events throughout the year to raise cash for vouchers, Easter eggs and subsidised tickets to events.

    Another school allegedly asked parents to pay for its teachers awards evening in what primary school headteacher Bill Lord described on Twitter as "utter nonsense".’


    Should parents be asked to fund social events at school to meet Ofsted’s requirement on wellbeing? Do you think schools have misinterpreted Ofsted’s focus to improve teacher wellbeing? What would you like schools to do to improve teacher wellbeing?
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  2. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    Ridiculous idea. To improve teacher wellbeing we need better pay, fewer hoops to jump through and less micromanagement. Whoever thinks receiving biscuits and vouchers is going to do anything to address the causes of poor teacher wellbeing is an idiot.
  3. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    One head teacher wrote one letter begging for money. So what? Parents can give or not give as they see fit. Absolutely nothing to do with OfSted and not really anything to do with wellbeing, which when expressed as charity chocolate eggs for teachers, misses the whole point by a very wide margin.
  4. violingirl

    violingirl New commenter

    That was my reaction- one school in all of the thousands in the country. Parents are not, in general, being required to support teachers' wellbeing, through chocolate, biscuits, tickets or otherwise!

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