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When was the last time you played a prank on students?

- Have we lost this (ability to play a prank) in all the targets and improvement agenda? Last time for me was 1 April 2009 when I had the whole school (including staff) with their shoes and socks off for a foot inspection.


- I did try one prank on a residential trip. We spun the students a yarn about it being a top-secret military thing so we needed to collect all mobile phones. We collected, bagged and tagged them. Unfortunately, one student still had their phone and called their mother, who called the head, who then phoned up asking what was going on.


- On past April Fool's Days I have had the students lying out on the school field making patterns so that the Google Earth satellite can photograph them. I have also had them lining up to carry out "eye exercises" so that they would not need to wear the spectacles when watching a 3D film.


- I told a student that if he didn't return his two English literature books by Friday, he would find myself and the head of English waiting outside his house with a large dog and a clawhammer. "Sir, you can't do that!" he said. He thought I was being serious for a good 10 seconds.


- I set one group some extra homework when they had failed to hand in their homework. It happened when Radio 3 was playing the whole of Wagner's Ring Cycle back to back. I told them the start time and instructions to take notes on the use of harmony, texture and structure. What I failed to tell them was just how long the whole Ring Cycle lasted. Only one student listened to the whole thing.



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