Private schools scrap prize-giving to spare children’s feelings –

But, according to the Daily Mail, some parents branded the change “nonsensical” and said it does little to prepare children for real life.

Mark Lehain, director of the Parents and Teachers for Excellence Campaign and former headteacher of Bedford Free School, said: “Every school has got to decide what it wants to do to celebrate pupils’ achievements but, in my personal experience, the more people involved the merrier.

“You can have a wonderful celebration, with a guest speaker and music, that everyone can enjoy.

“If done sensitively, those pupils who aren’t receiving awards can feel included.”

The controversy over awards ceremonies is the latest episode in an ongoing row over recognising pupils’ achievements in schools.

A recent poll found 57 per cent of British primary schools now hold “non-competitive” sports days which do not recognise winners.

In 2013, a former parish priest called on church schools to ban prize-givings, describing them as “un-Christian”.


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