Gifts given my parents to teachers

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Dear Department for Education,

Can you please advise on the policy put in place for teachers who are given gifts by students / parents at Christmas or end of year. This is surely breaking the law, as it can be seen as a bribe and more often than not doesn't get declared to the taxman as a gift.

If this isn't the responsibility of the DFE, does this make each school head teacher that doesn't have a clear policy for teachers to follow, facilitating tax evasion?

Public sector staff have to declare this information currently, teachers are public sector staff, how are they avoiding these policies.

Yours faithfully,

Clark

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Dear Department for Education,

 

Can you please advise on the policy put in place for teachers who are
given gifts by students / parents at Christmas or end of year. This is
surely breaking the law, as it can be seen as a bribe and more often than
not doesn't get declared to the taxman as a gift.

 

If this isn't the responsibility of the DFE, does this make each school
head teacher that doesn't have a clear policy for teachers to follow,
facilitating tax evasion?

 

Public sector staff have to declare this information currently, teachers
are public sector staff, how are they avoiding these policies.

 

ACCOUNT, Unmonitored, Department for Education

 

 

Dear Clark,

Thank you for your correspondence of 9 May 2018 questioning whether
teachers are allowed to receive gifts, I have been asked to respond as a
member of the Teachers’ Pay and Conditions team.

Firstly, I should point out that schools are autonomous institutions run
by the headteacher under the control of the governing body or via
delegated management from the local authority. Consequently, it is for the
headteacher and governing body or local authority to decide whether
teachers are permitted to receive gifts from students and parents; the
Department does not have any jurisdiction in such matters and therefore
the Department does not have any guidance on the subject.

As I am sure that you are aware, teaching is a highly responsible
profession and teachers must demonstrate appropriate standards of
behaviour, including honesty and integrity, in order to ensure that public
confidence and trust in the teaching profession is upheld. 

You may be interested to know that the Teachers’ Standards came into
effect from 1 September 2012, setting a clear baseline of expectation for
the professional practice and personal conduct of the vast majority of
teachers from the point of qualification. 

 

The Standards can be viewed here: 

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

If you have concerns about a teacher receiving gifts, you may wish to
raise a complaint through the school’s complaints procedure.  All schools
must have, and make available, a procedure for dealing with complaints
relating to their school.  Any person, including parents and members of
the public, can make a complaint using this procedure. This usually
involves writing directly to the headteacher and the Chair of the
governing body.

For further information about how to make a complaint about a school
please see information at the following link:
[2]https://www.gov.uk/complain-about-school.

I hope that you have found this information useful.

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Dear ACCOUNT, Unmonitored,
Thanks for your response, you have mentioned academies are not monitored by local authority, however for the 50% that are monitored by the local authority, I don't see any guidance offered other than the generic be professional and maintain the integrity of the teaching profession.

Surely with possible birbary, fraud and tax evasion this would be something fairly important to the teaching profession. A friend of mine is a infant school teacher and got a wedding gift from a parent/student of £100 cash! This wasn't declared anywhere and my friend quite rightly put the cash in her purse and went thank you very much! This raises many issues that cannot be left with, its the responsibility of the headteacher as they were previously teachers themselves and are consequently in the teaching bubble.

This requires guidance from the top! No head teachers would upset his staff by implementing a policy like this. But department for education could and should put policies in place to prevent the risk or birbary, fraud and tax evasion.

Again public sector employees have to declare all gifts and anything that is paid for them by an external party. I don't really understand how parents buying gifts or giving teachers monetry gifts is different.

Yours sincerely,

Clarkyt19

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Dear Clark,

 

Thank you for your email of 5 June, I have once again been asked to
respond as a member of the Teachers’ Pay and Conditions team.

Whilst I accept that you feel strongly about this subject, I am afraid
that I am unable to add to my previous response of 5 June. I can only
confirm that the Department does not have a policy in place in respect of
this matter and that a complaint should be made to the school if you have
concerns about a teacher receiving gifts.

I hope that you manage to achieve a satisfactory resolution through the
appropriate channel.

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Deborah Cole 

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