Andrew Foster

Mitigate the muck-up day madness

Plan ahead to ensure your students’ last hours at school don’t end in disaster for them or you, advises former senior leader Andrew Foster

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Genial and polite, the boys gave up their seats to two elderly ladies who had boarded the London Underground train. These nice young lads then spent the rest of the journey in a gleeful discussion about the destruction and disarray they had recently wrought at their school in the name of “muck-up day”.

I was not shocked that seemingly pleasant young men would glory in such things. I have seen for myself across a number of schools how otherwise charming and considerate students often consider it their right to vandalise their schools on their departure at the end of Year 11 or Year 13. And ...

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