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Could we have a campaign to stop primary schools binning our children's work at the end of the year?

(24 Posts)
pinkthechaffinch Wed 29-Jun-11 13:46:04

There's a thread on this topic here:

This happens at my ds' school and every year I find the thought of his hard (or not so hard) work being scrapped quite upsetting and also a bit disconcerting as I have suddenly realised that I haven't seen any examples of his schoolwork since the autumn parent's evening ( he gets no homework).

I'd be interested to hear of your views on this MNHQ.

CairyHunt Wed 29-Jun-11 14:05:54

signing in smile in support

belledechocchipcookie Wed 29-Jun-11 14:07:47

Can't you ask the teachers for it? confused

You really don't want to keep it all do you? Imagine all of the bits of paper.

Ormirian Wed 29-Jun-11 14:08:46

Noooo....... I have too much hw and drawing and blooyd cardboard models. And I hate throwing them away - makes me too sad and guilty. I would much rather the school did it for me grin

CairyHunt Wed 29-Jun-11 14:09:48

no, you cannot ask the teachers for it. If the school decides you cannot have it, then you cannot have it.

Some children, according the the tes website where this all started, have been made to tear their own work up at the end of the year sad

Imagine small children doing this. How must they feel?

pooka Wed 29-Jun-11 14:10:13

Bin away. I get to see work at parents' evenings. DS1 and DD bring a few choice exercise books or drawings home. That's enough really. I don't have the space for potentially 18 years worth of work X3 and if it comes home the burden of choosing what can stay and what can go will be on^me^. I know that I'd end up hoarding.

belledechocchipcookie Wed 29-Jun-11 14:11:14

It teaches them to declutter.

pooka Wed 29-Jun-11 14:11:26

Of course children shouldn't have to destroy their own work, though. But between end of summer term and start of autumn term.....

MavisEnderby Wed 29-Jun-11 14:15:51

My goodness.My heart sinks at the end of the year when ds appears clutching reams of paper.At Christmas I had to stagger home with a 2ft paper collage of a Christmas tree.Eeek.I keep some bits and the rest is surreptitiously given to the recycling fairy.

Making them tear up their work is sad though.

CairyHunt Wed 29-Jun-11 14:16:43

but pooka, you would not get the choice exercise books or drawings at all.

i.e nothing to show for their primary years.

CrapolaDeVille Wed 29-Jun-11 14:17:48

Perhaps schools could have a 'come and take it' evening or 'sort out my best work' afternoon. I'm not so emotional about it tbh, but it would certainly help children feel that all their work is not wasted.

pinkthechaffinch Wed 29-Jun-11 14:20:14

I think that our children and ourselves should decide what is to be kept or not-not the teachers

I have lots of stories I wrote during J3 (Y4) and they are interesting for my children to look at.

Yes, most of it can be discarded but I want the veto

and apparently the reason for it is to prevent parents complaining about lack of marking or similar angry

AgonyBeetle Wed 29-Jun-11 14:20:19

Ours have to take in two plastic carrier bags at the beginning of the last week of term, and then stagger home at some point during that week with said bags containing a year's worth of exercise books/pictures/drawings/models/random stuff. I look through it, keep the things that are interesting and stick the rest in the recycling. There's only so sentimental I can get over photocopied times tables sheets, but the English and RE exercise books in particular are often quite sweet.

CairyHunt Wed 29-Jun-11 14:29:17

oh no you wouldn't want all the photocopied shite. Little books of their own stories and stuff like that would be lovely though.

Hulababy Wed 29-Jun-11 14:47:16

I don't know a school which does this. I assumed all schools sent work home, unless it was something being passed on to their next teacher.

DD has to take in a bag on the last week and it all comes home - infact they do it at the end of every term.

Likewise in the class I teach in the work is sent home at the end of the year.

I can honestly say that there is no way on earth I would make any child tear up their own work. I think that is abhorrent behaviour and I would have to stand up and say no to which ever head teacher insisted. It would be too awful to expect little children to tear up their work.

stealthsquiggle Wed 29-Jun-11 14:51:25

I can't imagine why any school would do this - unless parents have in the past objected to the heaps of rubbish masterpieces going home? confused

Playdohinthewashingmachine Wed 29-Jun-11 14:54:32

OP, have you been in and asked your dc's teachers? Only most parents don't want it all, so perhaps they don't know that you do ?

stealthsquiggle Wed 29-Jun-11 15:05:19

oh, OK - have read the other thread. I get the issue about parents dissecting ancient books - but that shouldn't stop them sending home pieces of work used for displays, etc surely?

pinkthechaffinch Wed 29-Jun-11 15:46:54

I asked around ast year, other parents told me that it was the schools policy-no-one then knew the reason why, one teacher told me with a shrug that it was do with recycling hmm

I was surprised as at ds' last school he came home with 2 carrier bags full of work.

This year I intend to find out why and if it is the same reason as the schools mentioned in the TES thread on the subject.

CairyHunt Wed 29-Jun-11 16:29:20

and mine have said no, from this year

CairyHunt Wed 29-Jun-11 18:23:36


PlaygroundAntics Wed 29-Jun-11 19:28:20

Schools should not destroy/throw away a childs work. The poor child would feel totally sad and his/her work unworthy...bad schools!!
I say bring back the huge carrier bag on the last day of term...!!

Pantene Wed 29-Jun-11 19:55:34

I had heard they were going to make an announcement in the weekly newsletter about this, if they can squeeze it in amongst all the thankyous for a certain parent, who does so much for the school. All a bit yawnsome!

SexyDomesticatedDab Thu 30-Jun-11 10:41:06

Why a campaign? - just send a note to the govenors and ask them to explain why and if needed at least give an option that those that do want the stuff can take it home. We get all ours and have to sort it for a few bits to keep and rest gets recycled at some point.

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