I have worked in several secondaries and in none of them have we been offered free tea and coffee! One school has a system of 25p per cup or various longer term payments. Interestingly, this was by far the most sociable school I worked at. Most schools tend to clique off in departments and the pressure of the job means that running to the staff room in 'breaktime' (and even 'lunchtime' for that matter) is often too much hassle. IMO I don't necessarith think that schools should feel they have to provide it free of charge, however I believe that schools should absolutely have to provide a water fountain/cooler or several for both staff and students. After all, giving free and coffee is actually (legally) offering free narcotics (caffeine) and it probably only a matter of time before some member of staff has a stroke/heart attack and 'excessive caffeine consumption' is stated as a factor and said member of staff, being a money grabber, sues the school for actually offering free tea and coffee and wins! Or am I being too cynical?