Teachers end-of-term gifts at private schools 'could be seen as bribery'
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Sunday 27 April 2014
Parents’ end-of-term gifts to teachers in some private schools have spiralled out of control, prompting schools to consider whether they constitute bribery or corruption.
One teacher was offered a diamond necklace, another a Hermès handbag and a third the keys to the parents’ foreign villa. A headteacher was also singled out by a chauffeur who delivered a case of burgundy in exchange for a tour of the school – and an expected place at it for his child.
The growing largesse of Britain’s wealthiest parents is highlighted in the latest issue of the magazine Tatler.
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