Niggles - 13 things we'd rather not find on a school visit

Creativity is a messy, risky business. (image credit: Unsplash)

Creativity is a messy, risky business. (image credit: Unsplash)

It's Monday morning, we'd love to be on holiday and the country is in political turmoil - so we've found it rather therapeutic to get a few niggles from recent school visits off our chest: 

  • Draught-creating false eyelashes - worn by the pupils (not teachers). A big thing in some schools we've noticed
  • Jaded teen tour guides – unless it’s post-exam time
  • A too-tidy art room - let's have work-in-progress everywhere (not that we're against well-organised resources) 
  • Sports coaches only interested in the future Olympians: we know this goes on IN school but when the sports staff let this slip to prospective pupils and parents too you know it's not to be ignored
  • A Head thrown by our questions as to how trans-gender pupils are being thought about
  • The Head Girl having to hitch her skirt down
  • The Head Boy with the itty bitty tie
  • Teachers not showing courtesy to pupils
  • Heads who don’t even try to know their students by name – we know it’s hard with large numbers but there are many who do
  • Pupils not showing courtesy to teachers or each other
  • Litter around the site and in the hedges
  • A reception without a human being
  • School dinners as we remember them