Top tips

31st October 2008 at 00:00
What's in a name?

Don't let a name influence what you think about a pupil. If you have a Wayne in the football team, don't expect him to take trophies for you. Names come in batches, and there will always be one coming through named after the latest hot pop star. Be grateful for the ones you can spell. Pupils are landed with names they neither wanted nor like. You will need to read it out in the register each day, so don't make it a stick to beat the poor pupil with, nor a joke everyone tires of.

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