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Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

This saying harks back to the tale of the Trojan Horse. In schools, students are the Greeks and the horse can appear in many guises, but the sentiment is the same: a gift is never just a gift. Teachers, therefore, need to be wary. We can accept presents without too much suspicion at Christmas, Easter and the end of the summer term, as these are the natural moments in the academic calendar for student largesse.  More of a worry, however, are the gifts that arrive alongside a confident knock on the staffroom door or a note on your desk. Whether it is a token of love, an attempt to lessen a punishment, a bribe for better grades or simply a kind gesture, you have to handle the situation with extreme care.
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