Resentment bubbles under staff rewards

24th June 2011 at 01:00

The curmudgeonly response of Wakefield Council to a headteacher treating his staff to a few bottles of bubbly is depressingly predictable ("Champagne, #163;176. Orient Express, #163;499. But head insists he had council's permission", 17 June).

Outwood Grange Academy's Michael Wilkins was absolutely right to reward his hard-working colleagues for improved exam results, and at the risibly low cost of #163;176 for a few bottles of champers.

In an age of shrinking salaries and pensions and the ritual rubbishing of teachers by the press, why shouldn't schools occasionally spoil their most precious resource? Instead of the usual wine and cheese, why shouldn't teachers be indulged with champagne and smoked salmon?

Stan Labovitch, Windsor.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today