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    Boss's son syndrome

    Just wondering how others deal with students who are the childeren of staff or otherwise have friends in high places. How do you convince them that they have to go by the the rules just like everyone else?

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    Re: Boss's son syndrome

    It's a very difficult, dangerous game. Hope you're good at politics!

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    Re: Boss's son syndrome

    Treat staff and students the same ... that way the kids of staff do not expect anything extra ...

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    Re: Boss's son syndrome

    Exactly i deal with all students in the same way, and if they are related to a member of staff i normally inform that member of staff afterwards, so they cant go daddy/ mummy sir told me off and i didnt do anything wrong etc etc

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    Re: Boss's son syndrome

    I agree that this is a very dangerous game. We had an incedent where a high level employee wanted to have one of our spare laptops to give to their kid as a birthday present. (very tacky and probably illegal) We don't keep spare laptops so it was really a non-issue since the birthday was two days away. We're still trying to figure out how deal with stuff like this.

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    Re: Boss's son syndrome

    How do you convince them that they have to go by the the rules just like everyone else?
    My trusty cattle prod has yet to fail me.

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    Re: Boss's son syndrome

    When my mother taught me she tended to ignore me or be unnecessarily cruel. It was impossible for her to treat me as a 'normal' pupil but she definitely didn't let me have any favourtism. If there was a problem at school I had to wait until we got home before I could tell her. I don't think this has had any deep psychological effects on me (although, she is now a colleague).

    I also know that our headteacher has had to have words with a few parent/staff members because of unfair favourtism being given to thier children. I am ocassionally nice to the children of teachers after school (let them access myspace, bebo etc.) because I know what it's like to wait for a parent-teacher to come out of a meeting.

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    Re: Boss's son syndrome

    at the end of the day it's the responsibility of the teacher/parent to dissolve this kind of behaviour (and be told so if needed)

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    Re: Boss's son syndrome

    We have a few teachers/support staff whose kids are in school. None of them are treated differently than the rest. Although, we did have a problem a while back that some teachers were going directly to the parent when the kid misbehaved rather than following normal disciplinary procedures, but this has stopped now as it puts that parent in an awkward situation.



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