Teacher sparks debate after asking parents to each give her a £10 Christmas gift

A huge debate has broken out on Mumsnet after one user revealed a teacher at her child's school had asked for a pair of designer shoes as her Christmas gift.

It's not uncommon for teachers to receive presents from their pupils ahead of the festive holidays, but usually a box of chocolates will suffice.

However, one particular teacher had something a little more extravagant in mind – but some parents were not happy about it.

The teacher in question had £150 to play with after one mum arranged for the parents of the class to each put in £10 as a joint gift.

When the mum asked the teacher if there was anything specific she would like, she allegedly replied saying she had picked out a pair of designer shoes.

But another parent from the school, who happens to be a teacher, was unsure how to feel about the request and took to Mumsnet to get the opinions of others.

In her post, she explained: "At my DC's [darling child] school I have a friend whose child is in year one (different classes to my kids).

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"She's told me that there's been a bit of controversy and complaints because one parent is very good friends with the teacher and took the lead in organising a class teacher present.

"She asked the teacher what she wanted if she got a tenner off each parent (so £150). Teacher picked out a pair of designer shoes. And the friend asked all the parents for a tenner.

"A couple of parents have complained and the designer shoe plan had to be put to a stop."

The woman continued: "On the one hand, I'd usually spend a tenner on my DC's teacher and I always welcome the opportunity for someone else to sort s**t like this and why shouldn't the teacher get what she actually wants rather than 10 best teacher mugs.

"On the other hand I can see why it's kinda cheeky. I teach secondary so rarely get presents from parents but I wouldn't mind a pair of designer shoes if this is the present standard now."

The post sparked a huge debate as plenty of Mumsnet users took to the thread to comment.

One person branded the whole thing "wrong", saying: "That's so cheeky! It just feels wrong being done by her mate."

Another agreed, saying: "I think the asking for a tenner of each parent is the problem. Normally in your class collection, there is a suggestion of up to £5. Lots of people are struggling this year."

One user, who is a teacher, added: "I dunno, I'm a teacher too but designer shoes seems a bit of a strange gift really… it's supposed to be from the kids to the teacher. It seems a bit off to me too, but when I dig down I can't really say why."

Another person said they would "hate to receive something like that", and added: "I am paid for my job and I don’t expect anything extra."

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