Children as young as five taught how to hold teacup in etiquette lessons costing £360


How to sit at a table, write thank-you letters and handle silverware is also covered on the five-week etiquette course

Lessons include how to hold a teacup and eat sandwiches

Children as young as five are being taught how to be toffs.

Lessons include how to hold a teacup, eat sandwiches and make small-talk at dinner parties.

How to sit at a table, write thank-you letters and handle silverware is also covered on the five-week etiquette course.

Called Raising Little Ladies and Little Gents, it is run by the Sunningdale Academy in Ascot, Berks.

Organizers claim the sessions – which cost a total of £360 – will help kids aged five to seven cope with bullies and exam stress later in life.

A spokesman said: “The course focuses on mastering how to be courteous and friendly from a young age. This will help in building positive and meaningful relationships with others.”







How to sit at a table is also covered on the five-week etiquette course
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Parents are told: “Or Rising Little Ladies and Gents course has been designed for girls and boys ages 5-7 years old.

“The course focuses on mastering how to be courteous and friendly from a young age.

“This will help in building positive and meaningful relationships with others

“Topics include: place settings, napkins and handling silverware, showing appreciation, difficult-to-eat foods and menus for fussy eaters, how to sit at the table, mingling and conversation, knowing when to begin, passing and offering food, what to do when we are finished with our meal.”

The course run for five weeks and are broken down into two hour sessions.

Pupils will also learn about the importance of sleep and personal hygiene and be given tips to help them stay organized.

The academy adds: “Topics include: dressing for different occasions, wash bags (traveling and preparing for school trips), the importance of sleep, personal hygiene, how to care for your clothes, tips to stay neat and organized.”

And kids are also taught “meeting and greeting, formal and informal introductions (of yourself and others), small talk, telephone etiquette, social media etiquette, thank you letters, writing and responding to invitations, online video etiquette.”

There’s a section “being assertive and respectful, handling peer pressure, coping with bullies, managing exam stress and heavy workloads, coping with social anxiety”.

Kids sit down to an afternoon tea graduation ceremony and the center adds: “A chance to apply your new skills in a formal and fun dining experience with your peers. All graduates are presented with a completion certificate.”

The Sunningdale Academy, which employs top etiquette consultant Jo Bryant, was founded by former communications exec Zoe Birri.

She said: “Although etiquette is one of our areas of focus, we are not a finishing school.

“Learning certain skills at a young age sets us up for achievement in our social, academic and professional lives.”

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