No more english teeth

23rd June 2006 at 01:00
First we were urged to consider pupils and teachers electing the head (TESS last week). Now children south of the border are being consulted when schools are recruiting staff to ask what qualities they value in their teachers.

"I want our headteacher to dress smart," said one. Pupils at another school emphasised the new head should have "nice clothes," "smell nice" and "have clean teeth".

But not all requests pass the censors. "I'd like a new headteacher to be bonkers" was one earnest plea that was spiked - for some reason.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today