In your own time - What you're discussing on the TES forums this week

12th March 2010 at 00:00

A teaching assistant has been suspended for mocking a four-year-old girl (Faye McDonnell, pictured with her mother Louise) on Facebook after sending her to sit "under the thinking tree" -

Thinking Tree! That's brilliant. What next, the talking toilet? - Shalala

The media like to run stories about lack of discipline in school, but then make out that the girl should not have been made to stand under a tree for a few minutes. - Bombalayla.

This week's poll

Do you think teachers who are members of the BNP should be struck off?

NO: 60.9%

YES: 39.1%

For next week's topic, see

More men are applying to become primary teachers, thanks to the recession, says the TDA -

- "Did you always want to become a teacher?"

No, the recession made me. - Stefefs

I expect they were attracted by the huge bonuses. - Lilyofthefield

Teachers share their favourite middle class insults,

Ketchup? No, it's tomato coulis. - Belledujour

You call your grandmother "nanny"? What on earth do you call your nanny? - Jacob

School trips suffer thanks to the rarely cover rule, a Commons select committee was told last week.

A favourite of mine was an overnight trip to Sellafield. It was brilliant. But it became too much trouble - TCSC47.

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