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Overheard in the staffroom

The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week. Join the discussion at:

teachers smoking

ads05: As a supply teacher and smoker, I get to go to lots of different schools. Many seem to have smoking rooms, where i tend to find myself in for a relaxing fag at break time... do other smokers out there smoke in a place where kids can see you?

LadsNR: You clearly do not work in my LEA where smoking on school property is forbidden (thankfully).

shorty68: How are we supposed to drum into the kids the evils of the weed, if they see their teachers smoking? Ever thought of giving up?

FreddieBoswell : I grew up in Ireland and the teacher used to send us out to buys cigs for him. (true story)

louise1892 : Our history teacher's office was directly opposite the girls' toilet and we used to go over to get a light off him!

We smoke outside (Young Offender's Institute) but have been told not to let the lads see us as we're setting a bad example! Smoking is the least of that lot's vices!

City academies and trust schools

Jubbliful: I was wondering if anyone could help me understand what these schools are.

manwiththegingerhair: It's standard New Labour rubbish. They have heard that the private sector is better-run, but because of their socialist roots they don't trust individuals and want to retain control. So what they come up with is a mish-mash PFI joke. Large businesses can contribute a small amount of money for influence without risk, while the state retains bureaucratic rubber-stamping and meddling rights.

I think it's called the worst of both worlds.

Rhino70 : Have to agree with manwithgingerhair. Trust schools are potentially a good idea, but the state will have to back off completely to make them work, and the LEAs will need to see most of their roles abolished. There needs to be deregulation on a scale that New Labour cannot understand as it is against their meddling instincts. The worst of both worlds indeed.

These comments are the personal opinions of individual contributors

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