Friday Five: Ways to spot a staffroom romance

27th May 2016 at 17:01
Falling in love is easy, but keeping it a secret from your eagle-eyed colleagues definitely isn't

Teachers are naturally alert. Nobody knows this better than their phone-obsessed pupils…and any lovebirds attempting to conceal a budding romance in the staffroom.

Here are five telltale signs that will lead to the inevitable disclosure of your fledgling relationship:

  1. Volunteering for the worst trips
    You both opt in for yet another trip to the local town to do a traffic survey in the rain. Who knew counting cars could be such a blast?

  2. Offers of help with marking
    Because there’s no more tender a moment than when your hands reach for the same pink highlighter pen. For once, you’re actually thankful for the time-consuming nature of APP.

  3. Regular trips to the stationery cupboard
    What a coincidence that you’re both planning pupil-led lessons involving an entire tree’s worth of sticky notes at exactly the same time!

  4. Inane giggling at daft in-jokes
    While nobody else so much as cracks a smile until the exams are over, you’re both still laughing about that time so-and-so did that thing on the traffic survey trip.

  5. Loud discussions about your mutual "lack of plans" for half term
    No prizes for guessing how that’ll end…

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