A supply teacher has been told not to return to one primary school after she told a class of seven-year-olds that Santa Claus did not exist.
Children at Blackshaw Lane Primary School in Oldham were talking about Christmas when the teacher came out with the news.
Father Christmas was not responsible for delivering their presents on Christmas Eve, the pupils were taught. The teacher, who had been drafted in for just the day, has now been told not to come back.
Parents complained to the school after their children returned home to recount what they had learnt in lessons that day.
With all the contention about teaching religion (or the lack thereof) in schools these days, what do you all think about similar issues regarding more frivolous popular folklore like Santa Claus here? Should a school be able to fire a teacher for telling the truth about something all adults accepts as mere myth?"