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Teachers must 'log' festive gifts
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Expensive gifts are discouraged by the authorities
Teachers in Leicestershire have been told to log the Christmas presents they receive from pupils this year.

Under new rules, the county council is demanding a Parliamentary-style record of end-of-term gifts to ensure students do not get preferential treatment.

Anything above the usual presents of bars of chocolate and bottles of wine will have to be noted down.

Officials said the list would ensure there was no suggestion of teachers being unduly influenced.

'Sound advice'

A council spokesman said: "Under the county council code of practice, staff are advised that they may accept modest gifts - provided they are recorded in a school log.

"There should be no suggestion that by taking the gift, preferential treatment should be received by the giver."

Will Poulton, head teacher of Brookside Primary School, in Oadby, said: "The advice is that teachers, particularly with expensive gifts, log what they are given.

"I think that would be sound advice, to keep a note of the more expensive things that you are given. I think that would be in line with other public employees."

A spokesman for the Department for Education and Skills said there were no national guidelines on the issue and it was a matter for councils and schools.




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