* Warning - this is in the nature of a rant! Those of a nervous disposition should look away now! *
I very much appreciate the work that teachers do. I value education to the extent that I chair the Governing Body of DS's primary school. I see firsthand the hard work, commitment and dedication that teachers put into the children that they care for.
What I do not appreciate is being told by another mother that I should be contributing towards a class present for his teacher and supporting staff. She is suggesting ten pounds per child. I am very fortunate in life; I could spare that sum. Others could not through no fault of their own, but are now feeling pressurised to do so.
DS and I shall be doing what we always do. We shall work together to produce something homemade and hopefully edible. The effort required will show how much we appreciate all that his teacher has done for him this year.
* Rant over - you may now come out from behind that cushion! *