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Who funds your end of year staff party?

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neolara Tue 14-Jul-15 13:13:00

If you work in a primary school, who funds your end of year staff party? Does it come out of the school budget? Do the PTA contribute? Do staff give a contribution? Do governors pay for it?

Are you happy with the arrangement? If not, who do you think should fund it?

There is a differing of opinion at school and just wondered what other people's exeriences were. Thanks.

bigTillyMint Tue 14-Jul-15 13:16:04

We pay for ourselves - £10 each this year for a BBQ on-site after the kids go!

SilverBirchWithout Tue 14-Jul-15 13:18:04

I certainly hope they don't come out of school budgets shock. My taxes should be used to fund children's education, not jollies for staff.

Most public sector and charity employees pay for their won Christmas Do's.

Teachers get bought presents by parents, now this. Get a grip!

DrElizabethPlimpton Tue 14-Jul-15 13:21:00

Governors pay for it? Are you joking? I'm a community governor at a school - DS is a long time out of primary- and give many hours a month to the school. Now you think I should pay for your party? Ha ha!

Rosieliveson Tue 14-Jul-15 13:26:59

Always self organised and self funded by us staff in schools that I've worked in.
I should imagine that using school fund would be illegal.

Seffina Tue 14-Jul-15 13:29:11

Bloody hell it's only a question! I don't think OP needs to either "get a grip" nor expects you personally to pay for her party, and also isn't demanding presents from parents.

Happy36 Tue 14-Jul-15 13:32:11

I am a teacher in the secondary section of a school for children aged 2 to 18. We do not have an end of year party.

We went out as a department informally for lunch at the start of the holidays to say goodbye to our leaver and good luck to our maternity leaver, and paid for it ourselves. Other departments did something similar, or brought in cakes/snacks for coffee time on our final INSET day, or did nothing.

neolara Tue 14-Jul-15 17:28:37

Very much appreciate your comments so far. Anyone else?

Whichseason Tue 14-Jul-15 17:32:28

I am a secondary not primary teacher but staff socials are always organised and paid for by staff. as is basic stationary

Moleyjay Tue 14-Jul-15 17:38:20

We all pay for ourselves.

SuffolkNWhat Tue 14-Jul-15 18:14:54

It's organised and paid for by ourselves, might be different in the independent sector though.

padkin Tue 14-Jul-15 18:34:23

We organise and pay for ourselves, as it's been in every school I've worked in for the past 20 odd years. I would be VERY uncomfortable with something like that being paid for out of school funds, and as for Governors...! They are volunteers who give up their time to take on a laborious and often rather thankless task. Why on earth should they pay?! Never heard that kind before.

teacherwith2kids Tue 14-Jul-15 18:36:11

We organise and pay for ourselves.

Hellionsitem2 Tue 14-Jul-15 18:42:58

Some years the parents cook for the teachers but it's not set in stone. Other years they pay for themselves. One year the head paid. There's only 3 teachers though

Hulababy Tue 14-Jul-15 18:50:05

We don't always have one but sometimes we do. We go out at Christmas too. But we pay ourselves. Nothing comes out of school budgets.

We also have a big staff get together one lunch time in the final week - but again, we bring food in ourselves.

Leaving staff or staff with a bug event occurring (marriage, baby, etc) do get a gift and card - but we have a staff collection fund we pay into termly, plus some additional collections we do ad hoc.

Rest assured, nothing comes out of school funds for this at our place.

Kerberos Tue 14-Jul-15 18:51:39

I think it gets funded by all the fines that parents pay for taking cheap holidays in term time.

turdfairynomore Tue 14-Jul-15 18:52:19

We go out for a meal towards the end of term and all pay for ourselves! Wouldn't dream of it being any other way? The principal might put "x" bottles of wine on table? But otherwise it's all down to us. We do the same at Xmas. We also celebrate "big birthdays" together when we pay a bit extra for the birthday person's meal and contribute towards a gift-only for "big" birthdays though e.g. principal was 50 last year so we got her (very lovely imho) necklace individually made by a parent (who I also taught many moons ago!!!) who is a silversmith /goldsmith/ jeweller-not sure what she would call herself!!

SomethingFunny Tue 14-Jul-15 18:55:26

Our school's staff pay for it themselves.

I love the idea of the parents catering for the teachers though! I might suggest that!!

MsDragons Tue 14-Jul-15 19:20:18

When we had a great Ofsted we had a party paid for by school. I'm not entirely sure which budget it came out of, but the money was found to give us a basic buffet at a local hotel. It was nice, the staff band played.

Mostly it's in departments, organised and paid for by ourselves. Some staff are now actively looking forward to Ofsted shock in the hope that we might have another party.

bobajob Tue 14-Jul-15 19:21:49

If we have a do we just go to a restaurant/bar and pay for ourselves.

turdfairynomore Tue 14-Jul-15 20:34:15

When we had an "outstanding" ETI inspection (our ofsted equivalent) the principal took us out for afternoon tea to a hotel nearby as her "thank you" on the day after the inspectors left. It was lovely. Really lovely. But we wept our way through it! We were v v tired! And v v emotional!!

FabulousFudge Tue 14-Jul-15 22:24:19

We pay ourself. I know of one school where it is funded by school plus Christmas do.

We pay ourselves. At the end of term or after ofsted there will be cakes at break time in the staff room which is partly funded by the staff subs we pay (which cover a cuppa and a biscuit every break, a copy of the i every day and all the leaving cards and gifts too) and partly funded by the head.

BarbaraTheIncredible Tue 14-Jul-15 23:44:05

I'm a Primary School Governor. We pay for refreshments at end of term tea party - held at school or local (free) venue.

CharleyDavidson Tue 14-Jul-15 23:56:21

We organise our own meal out and pay for it ourselves. Never any different.

Although the headteacher does buy a simple buffet lunch with school funds for training days. Not sure how he gets away with putting that through the budget.

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