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Started by Agaliarept on 11-Jan-2018 09:18:18
School bosses criticised for scheme that 'separates rich from poor'

Children are being stopped from playing with sports equipment at lunchtime if their parents have not paid a voluntary fee.

Parents were each asked to pay an annual £6 voluntary fee per child at a West Midlands academy - but pupils from families which did not make a financial contribution were reportedly not allowed to use the equipment.

https://news.sky.com/story/school-bosses-criticised-for-scheme-that-separates-rich-from-poor-11202933

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Agaliarept - 11 Jan 2018 09:19:33 (#1 of 46)

This can't be real surely? Who would think this is a good idea?!

Gotout - 11 Jan 2018 09:22:46 (#2 of 46)

Mother Charmayne Rentamouth said "It's bloody ridiculous. That would mean one drink a year less, and I'm supposed to pay it even though I'm on benefits. It might stop me going to Benidorm with my mates too"



I may have imagined this...

invicta - 11 Jan 2018 09:25:22 (#3 of 46)

£6 per year is separating rich from poor?

Lento_ - 11 Jan 2018 09:26:21 (#4 of 46)

It could be 6p and it would still be a bad idea on principle.

darkhorse - 11 Jan 2018 09:26:53 (#5 of 46)

School bosses criticised for scheme that 'separates rich from poor'

...called "grammar schools".

NormanCheeseborough - 11 Jan 2018 09:27:07 (#6 of 46)

Too many teachers are stark, staring mad.

RosyLovelady - 11 Jan 2018 09:27:57 (#7 of 46)

Spare a thought for the children who don't want to be forced into using this equipment and are quite happy to be excluded from it on any grounds whatsoever.

Lento_ - 11 Jan 2018 09:30:03 (#8 of 46)

We're seeing a lot of requests for voluntary donations from my daughter's school - appeals for help buying musical instruments, special non-uniform days with a small payment attached, donations of food to sell at fairs to raise money etc.

I don't blame them for doing this - they have seen drastic cuts in their budget, and need to make up the difference somehow. However parents subsidising the school acts to mask the problem - the government failing in their duty to properly fund education.

NormanCheeseborough - 11 Jan 2018 09:33:06 (#9 of 46)

Schools have always done that of course. But it does seem to have become a bit more pervasive.

machiavelli - 11 Jan 2018 09:35:32 (#10 of 46)

It could be 6p and it would still be a bad idea on principle.

This. Singling out kids is wrong.

Catspyjamas17 - 11 Jan 2018 09:36:51 (#11 of 46)

I don't see how it's different from being asked to pay for a school trip or other lunchtime club.

Bonusy - 11 Jan 2018 09:36:52 (#12 of 46)

However parents subsidising the school acts to mask the problem - the government failing in their duty to properly fund education.

You'd hope it would highlight the issue of funding to parents, but given that we still ended up with a tory gov after 7 years of austerity, maybe that wasn't obvious enough. Or else too many parents cannot connect the dots there.

invicta - 11 Jan 2018 09:38:53 (#13 of 46)

Many parents like these choices, as they're not paying for things their children don't use or want. They'd take it if it was free.

invicta - 11 Jan 2018 09:39:12 (#14 of 46)

... and would never give it a second thought.

Catspyjamas17 - 11 Jan 2018 09:39:58 (#15 of 46)

Of course, kids still get to go on trips whose parents can't pay as contributions can only be expressed as voluntary, but if it's a case of can pay but won't pay, the child might not get to go. If not enough people pay then the whole class may not get to go.

thePiMan - 11 Jan 2018 09:44:38 (#16 of 46)

I don't see how it's different from being asked to pay for a school trip or other lunchtime club.

The school already have the equipment.

invicta - 11 Jan 2018 09:56:34 (#17 of 46)

Which (presumably) they need to maintain and have no budget to do so.

Agaliarept - 11 Jan 2018 10:04:48 (#18 of 46)

I don't blame them for doing this - they have seen drastic cuts in their budget, and need to make up the difference somehow.

Yep, don't have a problem at all with asking for contributions. Where it's madness is the potential for creating reasons for kids to give other kids a hard time over what their parents can/ can't afford.

Everyone should get to use it. If there aren't enough donations to maintain it then sadly no one should get to use it.

Alienating children from their peers over something completely out of their control is frankly bullshit.

invicta - 11 Jan 2018 10:06:07 (#19 of 46)

There's no money for egalitarianism.

Agaliarept - 11 Jan 2018 10:07:34 (#20 of 46)

Maybe not in the real world but kids don't need that lesson rammed down their throats so early.

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