A school has promised to refund parents who were asked to pay for their own children’s artwork.
Parents with pupils at New Delaval Primary School in Blyth were angered when they were told to pay £6.50 for framed examples of their youngsters work, when the school held an art exhibition last week.
One mother said she felt under pressure to buy the pictures to avoid disappointing their children.
However, the school has since back-tracked and offered to refund parents.
She said: “It was a bit like emotional blackmail,” she explained. “The children were there and could see other parents buying the pictures.
“I am a very supportive parent, but money is tight and I have to make decisions about what I can and can’t afford. I always took it for granted that we could take the children’s pictures home without paying for them.
“But I felt under pressure because the bairn was there, and it’s not like I didn’t want to display her work.”
Headteacher Deborah Worrall said: “It was never intended that people come in and spend a lot of money. The buying of the pictures was really secondary. The event was about celebrating the children’s work.”