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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: www.tes.co.ukstaffroom.

Children being weighed at school

Coffeekid: I don't see anything wrong with this. We were weighed whenever we had medicals at school.

Frances5: It's a little pointless unless parents are offered help to get their darlings to lose weight.

Scandal: In a civilised world this could all come under a PSHEPEHealthy eating etc umbrella, where kids are advised and checked and involved in making decisions about their own health and fitness.

kellyblunkett: Back in the good old days didn't we all used to be weighed, measured, have sight and hearing tests, and the odd inoculation at school, and get free milk in morning break - before Thatcher the Milk Snatcher took it all away and introduced a new age of free market slobbery?

Domster: Instead of Sats would there be a new target of weight say, erm, FATS?

Andy_91: It's only fair that MPs should set an example. Can we all write to them and ask their weight? We could run a Prezza sweepstake, or perhaps a spread bet for the range covered by Prezza and Nicholas Soames.

MP3 players in the classroom Stigga: Having always banned these in class I have started to allow them (they are only allowed on when students are doing their work). The results are very positive... students are less chatty, get more work done as they are not being distracted, and classroom management has improved Beta1: Interesting. How do you get the classes attention when you want to stop them workingchanging activities etc.?The volume some kids have them at, a small nuclear device could go off in the next room and they wouldn't hear it.

Mark1980: I used to do the same thing - until a parent complained and senior management chinned me about it. Apparently, they're against school rules. My argument was that it kept the kids focused on their work.

Angry jedi: I've had the opposite experience. Allowing MP3 players means they sit and listen to them rather than actually paying attention. While this sometimes keeps the maniacs quiet, it does nothing for how much they are learning.

These comments are personal opinions

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