Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

On the Naughty Step Conduct That Deserves a Ticking Off

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

On the Naughty Step Conduct That Deserves a Ticking Off

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This week: parents who give bribes

For most teachers, parental attitudes generally fall on a spectrum ranging from the depressingly apathetic to a little bit pugnacious.

But spare a thought for those working in some of the most prestigious - and therefore eye-wateringly expensive - institutions in the country. These staff have to contend with an entirely different parent altogether: the briber.

According to high society's favourite glossy, Tatler, teachers in some of the UK's richest schools are being handed gifts including the free use of a private jet or a couple of weeks at the family holiday home. Russian oligarchs, Middle Eastern millionaires and Chinese business people are said to be among the worst offenders. …

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