More than 1,000 pupils missed a day of school so their teachers could enjoy Indian head massages and play on Nintendo Wii video games. Nice ‘work’ if you can get it...Seven schools around Cromer, Norfolk, were closed on Friday to enable staff to take part in the "professional development day".Eh...? Playing on the Wii...? How exactly is that ‘professional development’?
They took part in activities to reduce stress and improve team spirit such as drumming, table tennis, table football, tai-chi, badminton, art classes and swimming.Or any of that?
One parent said: "My children were over moon to be given the day off - but I had to take a day off as well to look after them.You and me both, love...
"I was told privately that the training day consisted of all these relaxation and leisure activities.
"I really can't afford to lose a day's money so that all the teachers can have a day larking about.
"I was met with a wall of silence when I asked about it which made me more suspicious. I was incensed at the pompous attitude."
A Norfolk County Council spokesman said the training day featured morning workshops to encourage staff to work together more.No problem with an employer providing stress relief. But do it on your own time, guys, eh?
He added that the activities took place in the afternoon and were designed to "improve staff well-being".
The spokesman said: "The local authority has a well-being programme in place to support staff, enable team building and reduce absence.
"There was a range of 45-minute sessions taking place, most of which were practically based, and aimed at reducing stress.
"Staff were given the chance to sample these activities with a view to developing those that are suitable within their own schools."
And with your own money, too....