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Concerned about DD being a school office 'runner'

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NotMondayAgain Mon 02-Dec-19 17:46:42

Hi all, I just found out that later this week DD is going to be a runner for the school office for a whole day. She is in yr 8 and said all yr 8 children are made to do this for one day and they miss all lessons that day and instead do their homework or reading when they are not running errands.

I saw the headteachers last week at a school meeting and asked him about it. He admitted the reason is that they do not have enough staff to run messages around etc so they make the kids in yr 8bdonit onebday each.

I feel quite angry about my DD not learning anything for a day. Headteachers loads of schools do this and it is normal. Is he right?


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NotMondayAgain Mon 02-Dec-19 17:47:46

Sorry about my very poor typing btw!

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Anywaythewindisblowing Mon 02-Dec-19 17:48:04

We had to do that in year 8 yes I remember it well. I never had to as am disabled but everyone else had to

GoodJobSteve Mon 02-Dec-19 17:48:57

DS2's school does this too. It's just a day...your DD might be off for a day or two ill - hardly the end of the world...

Finfintytint Mon 02-Dec-19 17:50:53

That’s unacceptable. What sort of school relies on pupils for messaging? Crap management.

halcyondays Mon 02-Dec-19 17:52:13

Schools don’t usually employ staff to run messages about, I wouldn’t have thought. I remember going all round the school collecting the teachers’ tea money when I was in P.2.

neonglow Mon 02-Dec-19 17:52:47

I had to do this in year 8 over 15 years ago, it’s obviously something a lot of schools do

NovemberDays Mon 02-Dec-19 17:57:25

Never heard of this - in DD’s classrooms, there are telephones.

NotMondayAgain Mon 02-Dec-19 17:57:36

Wow, it was totally a new one on me. I can't believe it's so common. It annoys me that I could take DD out of school for a day and get a fine but they think it's ok for kids to not learn anything for a day. At primary they were constantly giving the message that every day matters so I just find this a bit bizarre. Considering we live in an era of constant messaging, email etc confused

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corlan Mon 02-Dec-19 17:57:58

I work in a school that does this. The student has to go to the start of their normal lessons and ask the teacher for the work the class is doing. They go back to a desk by the school office, do the work and run messages as and when required.
My DD did it last year and picked up some very juicy gossip eavesdropping on the staff in the office, so it was a day well spent as far as she was concerned!

NotMondayAgain Mon 02-Dec-19 17:58:49

Is that a bottle of gin instead of my confused smiley icon or is my screen playing up?!?!

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MaybeDoctor Mon 02-Dec-19 17:59:08

My understanding was that it is a bit like work-experience, especially if they are meeting/greeting visitors.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Mon 02-Dec-19 18:00:15

They do it at our school. I don't think it's a bad thing actually. The responsibility is good for them, they have to learn to take the initiative for catching up with the missed lessons and it's only once a year (at our school it's not just year 8, can't remember who else does it).
There are all sorts of things a child might miss the occasional lesson for (debating competition practice, maths challenges, being sent to isolation because they forgot their planner) and catching up with work seems to me very much the normal run of things and shouldn't be fatal to learning.

al2616 Mon 02-Dec-19 18:00:44

They do it at the school where I work. It is only one day. Plus I think they have the opportunity to learn a lot about how a school works (knowing how to use a laminate is a lifelong skill!) And also greeting guests to the school helps them to be able to communicate better with adults.

NotMondayAgain Mon 02-Dec-19 18:01:36

The headteacher did say he was thinking about rebranding it. The word 'runner' does not sound great. I think if a school wants to do this they should give the parents a letter to explain how it works, rather than me just finding out at the dinner table.

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ClaudiaWankleman Mon 02-Dec-19 18:01:45

Is this also a school that refuses to authorise any absence?

Why is missing one Friday to go on holiday any different to sitting in the office one day a year?

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Mon 02-Dec-19 18:01:51

They get to laminate? fshock

Pangur2 Mon 02-Dec-19 18:02:06

They do it in my school. I agree with the above comment; it's very like work experience and they have to be independent and use skills not normally used in class. I don't think it is a staffing issue in my school; it was just felt it was good for their growth etc.

Clymene Mon 02-Dec-19 18:02:25

I think it's a good thing too. Teaches them some responsibility and they get work to do when there aren't any errands to run.

loutypips Mon 02-Dec-19 18:03:54

Do they not have emails? Crazy.

PristineCondition Mon 02-Dec-19 18:05:22

I remember doing it in the 90's
I got to use a massive paper guillotine that was a big as a table with a machete type blade attached. It was fucking brill grin

BertieBotts Mon 02-Dec-19 18:08:08

I used to love doing this! The most responsible students got picked to do it again in year 10 and we got to distribute the post into the teachers' pigeonholes! My head of year made out it was this huge responsibility and I put it in my ucas application. It didn't seem to do any harm.

UncomfortableSilence Mon 02-Dec-19 18:08:16

They do this in the school I work in too. One day across the whole time they are there so hardly missing much. They greet visitors, run errands, take deliveries to teachers and staff and lots of other odd jobs. I see no harm in it.

Foxyloxy1plus1 Mon 02-Dec-19 18:10:13

I think many schools do it and mine certainly did. I don’t think it’s a bad thing and it is only one day. As for being fined if you took a child out of school for a day, no, that isn’t the case.

SoupDragon Mon 02-Dec-19 18:16:12

I've never heard of this!

I wouldn't be particularly bothered about it though.

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