PARENTS have been left fuming after a school asked them to buy teachers Easter eggs, event ticks and vouchers as “treats” to boost their wellbeing.
The headteacher of Thorpe Lea Primary School in Egham, Surrey, told parents staff no longer get “tokens of appreciation” through the school’s budget.
The letter said: “We believe a positive work life balance greatly impact on not only staff’s wellbeing but their ability in carrying out their job role effectively.
“With the budgets for school at an all-time low, our staff are working a great deal harder as we are sure that you can all see.
“Small treats and tokens of appreciation for our staff are not able to be funded from the school budgets, hence why our wellbeing team are working hard to raise funds towards this.
“Events and activities that the raised funds would go towards are things such as: treats and biscuits in the staff room; vouchers for staff member of the term. Easter eggs and a reduced cost to tickets to events.”
A shocked parent, who works as a Year 4 teacher at a different school, posted the letter on Twitter.
She told TES the new OFSTED framework had put so much pressure on schools, they now have to consider staff wellbeing.
But another primary school teacher was horrified that parents were asked to pay for the treats.
Julie Hare tweeted: “What???? I’m so shocked at this!
“Wellbeing needs to be prioritised by SLT and is not about asking parents to fund staffroom biscuits!
“It should be about making sure workload is manageable and that staff have time for reflection and cpd. Wow!”
Another Twitter user @Thatch_Teach said: “Nope! Just nope. I don’t want biscuits, I want time to do my job.
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“My mental health would be improved if I had more free time to plan or mark effectively. I don’t need treats, I do need textbooks and resources so raise money for those which could help mental health too!”
Geoff Barton, of the Association of School And College Leaders, said that boosting teacher wellbeing would benefit pupils.
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