14th April 2000 at 01:00
OUR school secretary, overworked as usual, received yet another of those anonymous and potentially time-wasting phone calls this week.

"We are updating our records," said the caller cheerfully, "can you give us your DFEE reference number?" It's one of the innumerable facts Hazel is able to recall instantly. The inormation changed hands and as the conversation was ending Hazel, polite as ever, asked the caller to identify themselves. "Oh," was the slightly surprised response, "We're the DFEE." 'Nuff said?

Rod Woodhouse


Essendon CoE primary school

School Lane

Hatfield, Hertfordshire

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