Teachers - how often do you spend your own money, on buying things for school?

(66 Posts)
InternationalPower Wed 21-Aug-13 17:07:41

I am bursar at a state primary and have been shocked seeing posts on here suggesting that it is the norm for you to spend your own money on things for school. E.g something to support a child who is not being properly provided for at school, on rewards for your class or educational materials.

Is this really that common? Where I work there is money set aside in the budget specifically for these things. I would be horrified to think our staff were buying them from their own money.

SilverApples Wed 21-Aug-13 17:16:24

How long have you been a bursar, and have you always been in the same school? smile

Up to a couple of hundred a year, depending on the school and the level of deprivation and the needs of the class. I've bought everything from maths games, reward stickers and fiction books to paint, bread and jam and pencils.
Some schools had a little petty cash, and sometimes the PTA might give you money if you submitted a detailed request in triplicate to be argued over by a committee of yummy mummies.
Mostly not.

SilverApples Wed 21-Aug-13 17:17:42

Oh, I bought a carpet for the carpet corner once, from IKEA.
Worth every penny.

noisytoys Wed 21-Aug-13 17:19:11

My DM is a teacher I remember her always buying things for her class with her own money

SchrodingersFanny Wed 21-Aug-13 17:23:13

Loads. Because sometimes I want something from a shop that can't be ordered. And our finance person gets all huffy about it. So I just buy it myself.

I buy food and stuff as well.

Foxred10 Wed 21-Aug-13 17:23:37

DM is a teacher and I would estimate spends upwards of £500 a year on things for her class. Everything from little prizes (stickers / books / small cuddly toy) to stuff for wall displays and topics. She's also in the past provided food / clothes and shoes for kids who didn't have them.

TeamEdward Wed 21-Aug-13 17:23:46

I left teaching last year, but up to then I was often buying reward stickers and "prizes", books, paint, playdough, pencils, rubbers, laminating pouches. One memorable March we ran out of A4 paper, so had to bring our own in for the photocopier.
I would also buy things like cushions & rugs for the book corner, accessories for the role play area, et cetera.

It was a running joke that if you couldn't find something in our house it was because I had taken it into school.

InternationalPower Wed 21-Aug-13 17:24:24

Oh yes Silver, I'm aware my experience in limited. I've been there 2 years and just the one school, but the whole county council budgeting system encourages you to set things like: class budgets, which are for teachers to spend as they see fit on things like comics or sweets for use in class, there's one for pupil support which would be used where a child needed breakfast (at the same time as dealing with the relevant agencies re the underlying issues) educational resources come out of the appropriate subject budget.

We're not awash with cash and we shop around carefully to make sure it goes as far as possible, but the only time a teacher's request would be declined would be if it was an extravagant request which was not deemed value for money. Sometimes towards the end of the year if that particular budget has been spent, it might have to wait a while, but I really wouldn't want to think one of our teachers was spending their own money.

SuffolkNWhat Wed 21-Aug-13 17:25:31

Lots, specialist resources for my subject (RE) make up the bulk but at least they will go with me if I move schools.

SilverApples Wed 21-Aug-13 17:26:21

'It was a running joke that if you couldn't find something in our house it was because I had taken it into school.'

Gods yes, the wail of 'Muuuummm' as they realise some key part of the household is missing!

OldRoan Wed 21-Aug-13 17:28:49

I'm about to start my NQT year and started a thread asking people to talk me out of buying stuff - you might want to have a look here.

Like I say, I'm not even in school yet, but so far I have spent
-maybe £50 on books (some were during my PGCE year, but probably £20 in the last month) because the departing teacher told me the children didn't read any of the books in the class library and showed me all the additional books he had bought and would be taking with him
-sheets and sheets of stickers
-a laminator (and many laminating pouches)
-several colour ink cartridges
-a 'rug' (luxury bath mat), throw, and cushions to mark out my reading area (classroom doesn't have any spare corners)
-little bits and bobs for classroom rewards (funny shaped rubbers, plastic tat type toys)
-pen pots for the centre of the tables
-charity shop games/jigsaws (alphabet puzzles and the like)

There is so much I want my classroom to have, but I have been told the budget is tight and since cushions aren't vital to my teaching, I don't feel I can ask them to pay for them for me. I am aware, however, that a lot of the children come from homes where books are few and far between and I want to make the reading area comfy and inviting. Part of the expense is because I've not been put onto the network yet and so can't use the school printer (can't even get into school until next week) but obviously need stuff to be ready. Also, some of it is (hopefully) a one-off expense, like the cushions. I was told I'll also need to buy my own boxes to store the children's work books in and somewhere for PE Kit to go ("too cluttered" to have it hanging off pegs) but the departing teacher said he would try and leave some behind for me, so holding fire on that until I see what I've got.

Does your school expect teachers to be able to walk into the classroom with everything there, OP, or do you just give them a budget and let them order things?

(Sorry, that was a bit long).

SilverApples Wed 21-Aug-13 17:29:10

I wasn't meaning to sound unkind IP, but it's the sort of question a newbie would ask, and I've been in the game almost 30 years.
Don't lose your sense of outrage that this is happening all over the country, will you? Has been for decades.

OldRoan Wed 21-Aug-13 17:30:17

Sorry, x-post about the budget thing.

SchrodingersFanny Wed 21-Aug-13 17:32:11

But what councils and finance people often see as extravagant, can actually be things that make a real difference.

almapudden Wed 21-Aug-13 17:40:44

Quite a bit. TBH I could claim most of it back, but it's such a faff to fill in all the paperwork. Similarly, some stuff I could order through school in the first place, but the order would have to be signed off by about three different people and I just can't be bothered.

SilverApples Wed 21-Aug-13 17:43:18

And the explaining and the justifying. Politicians don't go through anything like the same level of interrogation when they are buying duckhouses for their own bloody ducks, and wallpaper for their third pied-a-terre.
We want a few sensory items, or books or stencils for other people's children and it's a three ring circus.

It was a running joke that if you couldn't find something in our house it was because I had taken it into school. Oh yes!!!

Pens, pencils and stickers as rewards for something separate from the school merit marks system.

Folders to sort resources in a way that makes my life easier.

Whiteboard markers in the colours that I like. School bought black, blue, red... I have purple, green, orange, yellow!

Laminating pouches, card and paper for my displays. There are NEVER enough available in school. This also means that what I made I took with me when I changed schools.

Random objects as needed for maths, topics, science or DT such as foil, bowls, material, cardboard boxes...

Lots of non-fiction books for science and topic work, all acquired 2nd hand and with my name on a sticker on the cover. They go into school as needed and come home again for safe keeping.

Lots of poetry books and story books, etc. I borrow lots of these from my own DC's bookshelves, but they have their own name stickers on. Maths stories are a current phase of collecting.

What I don't buy is consumables for the pupils.

Phineyj Wed 21-Aug-13 21:31:08

What alma said. I also spend a fortune on printer toner and paper because the print budget is so tight and the IT is unreliable. However, as I was self-employed before entering teaching I can at least deduct the expenses against tax.

soapboxqueen Thu 22-Aug-13 00:37:13

With exception of major pieces of furniture, I don't think there is anything I haven't bought before now. I think most teachers get the gist very quickly that if you want it or need it it's probably quicker and easier just to get it yourself. Some schools are better than others at encouraging staff to put receipts in for items they have bought but it is hard to get out of the habit.

Mostly I just see it as making my life easier or saving me time. I buy whiteboard markers because the ones we had were running out or made such a mess they wasted valuable teaching time, which in turn makes my life harder. I buy rewards because a better behaved class makes my life easier. I buy resources because I then don't have to spend time making something or spend hours trying to replan a lesson to exclude a resource yet make it just as good. I buy teaching resources so that I don't have to waste time reinventing the wheel.

I also buy things because the children I teach deserve nice things and it makes them happysmile

Awakeagain Thu 22-Aug-13 09:16:34

I've been a teacher for 3 years (1 of these years on mat leave) going I to my 3rd year group in sept so some things I've made/purchased/acquired will be relevant, many things won't be!

This hols I have got 15 magazine boxes from ikea as one of my year group partners thought we wouldn't be allowed them on our order, new role play stuff (lots of!!) as different role play areas this year and whilst school do have some stuff its not always relevant/what I want
New pots, throws etc, I do have cushions and some throws
Also 2 new books which will be used in lit for the first few weeks of school

I already have a laminator, paper cutter, and buy lots of bits and bobs like prizes, stickers, postcard rewards

Can't see school buying prizes for the kids!!
I think although many people are shock at it, it happens but the stuff is mine and I will keep it

All the time. We no longer have subject or departmental budgets. We have to 'bid' to the head if we want to buy anything for class or subjects. Basically, go and plead our case and beg for every little thing.
There are lots of wider issues in our school around management etc.

Sometimes I can't be bothered with the confrontation and cross examination because I need some bloody pritt-sticks or books based around a certain interest or I need to restock the garage role-play box. I just buy the stuff myself. I often buy snack if snack money doesn't cover it that week.

It's hard to get used to, because as a school in a deprived area, we used to have access to thousands and thousands of pounds of extra money from various initiatives that no longer exist and pupil premium goes no way to make up for.
Those funds would get paid directly into my department budget and I would spend as appropriate.

I will, by the way, be taking any non-consumables with me when I leave.

GetStuffezd Thu 22-Aug-13 14:30:15

My school are really good about paying us our expenses back immediately. It can be anything from clay to cooking ingredients. I'm quite often skint and if I ask, the bursar will give me the money in advance. If it's a class treat I don't mind purchasing the popcorn, sweets or things like that.

GW297 Fri 23-Aug-13 00:00:14

I have never worked in a school or heard of a school with a class budget. I buy pretty much everything myself!

cricketballs Fri 23-Aug-13 15:01:17

from a secondary point of view I purchase textbooks, stationary etc myself as the budget is very tight, there are far to many rings to jump through just to order a pencil that I find its easier for me to just buy it myself in order to ensure my day runs as smoothly as possible

BoneyBackJefferson Sun 25-Aug-13 18:21:27

I refuse to buy textbooks, but spend a fortune on stationary.

usually £30 per term occasionally more.

Fairyliz Mon 26-Aug-13 09:07:07

International
I have worked as a Finance Officer/Business Manager for 14 years and always ensure that we have a budget for these items. I also fill in the paperwork for the teachers if necessary and have even got the Head to sign off forms when teachers have lost their receipts.
Think I need to tell my teachers how lucky they are to have me lol.

EvilTwins Mon 26-Aug-13 10:26:13

I buy stuff for my classroom all the time. I'm secondary Performing Arts. Almost all the books, posters, CDs, DVDs, props etc in my room are mine. I've also bought costumes for school plays & not claimed the money back. If/when I move school, though, the books etc will be going with me. I've been teaching since 1997 & have had a couple of posters (for favourite productions) on every classroom wall I've ever taught in. Makes it feel like home wink

I don't mind, tbh. I never buy consumables or large items, but I shudder to think what the total spend would be if I added it all up.

mrspaddy Mon 26-Aug-13 10:35:36

I have bought lots ... baby wipes, cordial. This is only in the past year. I also raid charity shops for books, spare clothing. We all do this. It is a disgrace really. We used to get a budget.

I don't mind buying things that I keep myself. I bring them home in the summer.

lade Mon 26-Aug-13 20:44:09

Yes all the time. I teach in FE and I buy...

- Books for me to research the topics I am teaching.

- Stationery: Laminates, pens, felt tips for the students etc...

- Small whiteboards for the students to use in class. (only buy these occasionally when I see them reduced in WHS).

- My own teachers planner. They say they are too expensive, so we have to buy our own.

- And most importantly, chocolate for the students. I do a weekly multiple choice test and the winner(s) get a chocolate bar - I buy those.

I also do a lot of printing at home

But FE has less money per student than sixth formers who stay in schools, so we have a much stricter budget!

happilyconfused Mon 26-Aug-13 21:13:49

Lots of printing so that means paper and ink. Ink is the most expensive thing. I have my own guillotine and four-hole punch at home along with a supply of treasury tags and laminate. I probably buy a couple of a level text books each year to make up for those that do not get returned. I supply all my own pens, memory sticks for back ups. I also buy other resources such as a teacher guide. I reckon I spend £150 a year

puffinnuffin Tue 27-Aug-13 15:24:14

I regularly buy things (have literally just spent £60 on resources for my subject).
However if I change school I want to be able to take my resources with me rather than starting again.

BackforGood Tue 27-Aug-13 15:33:51

It's standard practice International - in all the schools I've worked in and also amongst all friends who are teachers. Not big amounts,, but regularly buy books, or stickers, or 'treats', or word games or jigsaws etc (from car boots or Summer Fetes normally), then there's things you can never get in school like Pritt Sticks and Blu tac and sellotape, then there's usually something for some Christmas Craft, then there's all the printing you do at home (used to be getting photos developed - but I'm old), sensory things. All sorts.
Then there's the stuff you "borrow" off your own dc.

I've been out of school for 4 years now, but still think "Oh, that'd be useful for school' when I see things when I'm out and about.

olivo Tue 27-Aug-13 21:22:27

I buy lots but as much of it comes from car boot sales etc, I can't get receipts and claim back.

In my early years, I used to buy heaps of stationery, books , prizes, posters etc all from my own pocket. I have wised up A bit now, but largely because I have my own budget for some subjects and a very supportive boss for others.

BrianButterfield Tue 27-Aug-13 21:31:03

I buy second hand books for my bookshelf (so when they get battered or go missing I don't mind), DVDs sometimes even when we have one in school as it's easier just to have my own, sweets/rewards/prizes all the time, bits and pieces for room decoration, presents/cards/cakes for leavers, and so on. And to be honest I don't consider myself to spend a lot - I know people who buy way more.

partystress Tue 27-Aug-13 22:15:46

£106 this week in Staples - laminating pouches, plastic pockets, printer cartridges. All stuff that is theoretically available at school, but not guaranteed (or easy to access unless I want to be on school premises 24/7!) Probably £60 in Wilkos over the year on things for my prize box.

Makes me laugh (in a angry way) when I hear people talking about the pampered public sector. My former private sector colleagues couldn't go 30 mins away from the office without claiming for a Starbucks and wouldn't travel as much as a mile without claiming travel costs....

BackforGood Wed 28-Aug-13 00:29:17

"travel costs"...... <hollow laughter>

Arisbottle Wed 28-Aug-13 10:17:47

Lots, must be hundreds every year.

Books
Bookcases and storage units
Printer
Ink cartridges
Display borders
Stationary
Felt tips
Sweets
Merit stickers
Marking stamps

Smartiepants79 Wed 28-Aug-13 21:37:52

Budget.? What's that?
I spend maybe £50-100 a year on stuff for the classroom.
Some of that is books.
Then stickers, rewards, consumable resources for science/art/DT.
Food for cooking.
Pencils, crayons, rubbers etc.
Scratch that, make it more like £200!

Smartiepants79 Wed 28-Aug-13 21:38:57

Oh yeah, travel costs! Ha!

bronya Wed 28-Aug-13 21:52:17

To get ANYTHING, at my dad's school, you have to prove it's vital to the children's learning, prove it is in the school improvement plan somewhere, prove you've investigated at least five places that sell it and the place you chose is the lowest cost. Then you wait with baited breath to see if you're allowed it. My Dad gave up even asking before I was born! He spends at least £300 a year on resources (ink cartridges are rationed - you use up your ration (which is so meagre it lasts half the year if you're lucky!) and you have to buy your own - pencils, board pens etc likewise), he also buys treats for the class as a reward for good behaviour, xmas, easter and summer leaving presents for the class.

Jaynebxl Wed 28-Aug-13 22:03:46

We are only allowed to buy stuff from a small selection of approved catalogues and bizarrely these catalogues are lacking so many of the things teachers end up spending their own money on! Not least cookery ingredients, nice mats, nice role play stuff and any teacher books you might need for your own research. Did anyone see that pic that went round Facebook recently and said "Teaching, the only job where people steal things from home to take to work" accompanied by pics of various items of stationery.

Crannog Wed 28-Aug-13 22:16:09

I'm not a teacher just a parent who helps out in class. The teacher buys little gifts for the kids at the end of the year as well as mountains of stationery etc. I was in one day when there was a cake sale to raise funds for a class trip. 7 children hadn't been given any money so she bought something for every one of them. I had a proper lump in my throat.

So I wanted to say thank you to all the teachers who care like this.

DIddled Wed 28-Aug-13 22:29:15

Crannog - that has made me fill up! My sis is a Higher Level TA at a school in a very deprived area. We never throw any clothes or child related stuff away- she takes it in and dishes it out to parents who are struggling. Last year she heard about a local Fire station giving out presents for underprivileged kids and she queued for hours to get some for children who would have had little or nothing. She really does care- and I know there are many like her. Good for them.

GW297 Wed 28-Aug-13 23:27:23

I buy children cakes at a cake sale who haven't brought any money for one.

NewNameforNewTerm Thu 29-Aug-13 09:27:38

Our school has class budgets and subject budgets; all of which get used up in weeks. So yes, it is standard for teachers to buy stuff for their classroom and the children. A regular topic of conversation when we go back in September is the goodies we found/bought over the summer. I went to Ikea last week .... £££!
I buy :
Teachers resource books (photocopiable and lesson ideas)
Subscriptions to specific websites for resources
Fancy pencils, gel pens, highlighters, shaped post-its, stickers
Storage boxes, table tidies
All my own desk organisation (paper in-trays, magazine boxes, Ikea wooden small drawer unit)
Art / craft resources
Ingredients for cooking demos
Class treats
Cushions
Each year I buy a multi pack of girls and boys knickers, hair scrunchies and a full PE & swimming kits (when cheap on sale)
Anything I see relating to specific topics I'm covering (just bought a small pirate ship and a dress-up pirate costume)
I also have my own Mary, Joseph, 8 angels, 3 Kings, 6 shepherds, 3 sheep, donkey, 2 camels and numerous bits of nativity costumes that I've made over the years - our school doesn't ask for much when it is Christmas play time, just basics to go under costumes organised by teachers. Each summer I set myself a challenge of making a couple of new bits of costume from material I found or bought over the year. This year it was 2 more shepherds and a new King's cloak.

My OH always rolls his eyes, but my thoughts are if it either a) makes it better for the children or b) makes my life easier I'll do it. My time is short and having these things to hand and a super-organised classroom makes me feel better. I know we shouldn't have to, but the school budget is tight.

ITCouldBeWorse Thu 29-Aug-13 09:29:52

All the time. And not just teaching staff. Support staff too on much lower wages. Some staff give so much.

GW297 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:09:54

Newname - you sound just like me!

NewNameforNewTerm Thu 29-Aug-13 23:16:07

grin GW297. Have you bought anything good ready for next week? The new stuff thread on TES is useless this year (but then I hate the new TES so I rarely go there any more!)
I found a set of instructions on Pinterest on how to make situpons (small round slightly padded cushions for sitting on outside, made from plastic tablecloths), so I'm hoping to make 30 before next week!

petalpower Fri 30-Aug-13 07:29:52

I agree NewName, I don't bother with TES anymore, the new format is just impossible to navigate.
I dread to think how much I spend on school resources (primary teacher) each year. I always buy my own books for class reading, resource books, pay for web subscriptions etc. Then there's all the little incidentals (all those trips to Wilkos!) for stationery bits, cooking ingredients, DT consumables. There's just no budget in school, my class budget is minimal and if I don't buy things then the children miss out.

BatmanLovesAllan Fri 30-Aug-13 12:26:22

Another TES defector here - the new site is just awful sad

I spend a couple of hundred quid a year on books, stickers, display items, cooking ingredients and so on. Sometimes I claim, but the system is so protracted, and there's such little money anyway, that I often don't bother. It drives my DH mad, and I can understand why.

ihearsounds Fri 30-Aug-13 12:42:46

Its not just teachers that provides things. I am a ta and have taken lots of things over the years. The school like us to run various clubs, but dont want to really provide anything for them, so a few of us ta's have supplied items.
We have one school camera, that is never available, so I have one in my locker simply for school plus of course memory card. Plus of course memory sticks because the it system isnt that great and you can only retrieve work on pc you did it on.

Printing and laminating at home for the clubs. Providing snacks and drinks for the clubs. . the list is endless.

Phoebe47 Fri 30-Aug-13 19:49:25

I'm with you soapboxqueen. I'm always buying things for my class and my husband once made a fab wooden book box for my classroom - 4 compartments, painted red and varnished and with characters from our top favourite books on each side - the bear from We're Going on a Bear Hunt, the train from the The Train Ride, the mouth and the sandwich from The Sandwich that Max Made and the boy and the foliage from Walking Through the Jungle. All this from stuff he had in the shed! The Head admired the box but never questioned where I got it from and she knew my budget had been spent that year on new tables and chairs for my classroom! I must have bought thousands of stickers over the years and lots more small things such as extra glitter and card at Christmas and Easter and most of the ingredients for cooking, glue sticks when we ran out of them (about half way through the year) and the runny stuff was no use at all in my class of children with severe learning difficulties. All my colleagues were doing the same. And people say we are overpaid!

stargirl1701 Fri 30-Aug-13 19:50:29

Probably about £500 a year. Primary.

Hulababy Fri 30-Aug-13 19:53:21

I'm a TA these days (was a teacher) and I spend plenty of my own cash on school stuff. I also take in a lot of stuff from home - and anything DD has finished with has been in too - books, craft sets, some toys, etc. IME it is the norm. Dh often jokes that his firm sponsors my classes, albeit anonymously!

Hulababy Fri 30-Aug-13 19:54:47

I have never worked in a school where all the extras were paid for my school. It's always by classroom staff, even more so in primary ime.

Auntfini Fri 30-Aug-13 19:55:13

I want to buy a set of mini whiteboards as my dept doesn't have the money and I really want to use them in the classroom. It's about £50 for a set though which seems a lot.

Springcleanish Fri 30-Aug-13 20:03:28

Just in the last 12 months:

2 essential class text books for exam classes I teach
Subscription to educational magazine and resources for students and me.
Borders for display board
School shoes, socks and trousers for a student in need
4 exam texts on DVD
50 recordable DVD and plastic cases for coursework
Book of raffle tickets
Six sets of colouring pencils
20 glue sticks
50 biros
50 pencils
Countless ink for printer at home.

I hate to think of the cost over 15 years, this was a particularly "cheap" year.
It's just so hard to get anything you need through school, even if it is for the kids/ learning.

Auntfini Fri 30-Aug-13 20:07:02

Ok after that list I'm definitely getting the whiteboards!

NewNameforNewTerm Fri 30-Aug-13 22:35:19

I'm amazed at Fairyliz's statement
"I have worked as a Finance Officer/Business Manager for 14 years and always ensure that we have a budget for these items".
Our whole school budgets just do not allow for this sort of expenditure for every teacher. And the face that she has so much control over the school's budget. All the primary heads I know (and I know more than a dozen) keep a far tighter control over the budget and what expenditure is allowed. Can I come and work at your school please?

NewNameforNewTerm Fri 30-Aug-13 22:38:00

Oh, and Auntfini, make sure you factor in the cost of lots of dry wipe pens. Luckily our whiteboards were provided and we get a box of 100 dry wipe pens each year (for a year group of 90). But the pens have all run out or dried up by soon after Christmas, so I buy more (for my class only). They are pretty pricy and I have discovered the cheaper ones are a false economy as they dry up quicker.

NewNameforNewTerm Fri 30-Aug-13 22:39:57

Whoops - should say fact that she has so much control not face. blush

Auntfini Fri 30-Aug-13 23:32:36

Hm yes I will have to factor that in too...

I would really like it if the OP could talk to her teachers once term starts, then report back to us on whether her school really does fully cover all the class expenditure.

Today I bought 6 packs of blu-tac because someone has lifted the blob from my room.
A retiring colleague gave me her stash of plastic crates.
I laminated 2 displays-worth of materials using my own laminator and pouches.
I asked where I could find some whiteboard pens and was laughed at, so I've ordered some on my own credit card.

... and I've been told that the camera (was shared between 3 classes) is going to another year group, so if we want to take class pics we're to use our own cameras but get a separate memory card "for safe guarding reasons". No budget to buy one, so I guess that's another Amazon visit.

I've been teaching 12 years (primary) and have been in 5 different schools. Only one of those had sufficient resources (inner city, lots of extra money). We have the ridiculous situation of running out of whiteboard pens (because we use them almost every lesson) and then we're told that there is no budget for new ones until the new school year. So you either have half the class writing on scrap paper with a pencil (which you can't see, and totally defeats the object of whiteboard work) or you give up and buy some yourself. If you dare to ask in the office about some more you get asked sarcastically if the children are eating them.

I'm part time at the moment and money is tight so I'm trying hard not to spend too much on school stuff. Bought a new digital camera though so I could keep the old one at school as the class camera is a) crap and b) takes AA rechargeable batteries which run out in minutes.

GW297 Sun 01-Sep-13 16:58:46

Newname - I can't think of anything particularly exciting I've purchased over the summer for my new class - sorry!

I would love to know how much money schools save through teachers and TAs buying stuff out of their own pocket each year. Charity shops must benefit greatly from this though. I always label my stuff - one so I remember it's mine and 2 so parents know I've personally resourced half the classroom!

Glad to know there are many teachers who spend their own money on school stuff out there!

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