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When is it ok for a teacher to tell a child to bugger off?

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BlueElephant90 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:31:28

When is it ok for a teacher to tell a child to bugger off?

wakeupandsmellthecoffee Sun 18-Nov-12 17:33:32

Sits back and opens packet of bickers sips coffee and waits for the fun to start.

AnyFucker Sun 18-Nov-12 17:33:56


Greensleeves Sun 18-Nov-12 17:34:18


JakeBullet Sun 18-Nov-12 17:35:13

When the child in question is THEIR child and they are sayi g in mock horror.."look just bugger off love. We'll discuss it later".

Can't think that there is any other reason, nor can I imagine a teacher actually saying this.

TheFallenMadonna Sun 18-Nov-12 17:35:27

It's not OK, obviously. What was the situation?

EvilTwins Sun 18-Nov-12 17:36:06

OK, I'll bite... It is OK for a teacher to do that if there is a solidly good relationship there and all involved know it is light-hearted banter. I have told kids to bugger off before now. Also to get lost. Would only say it to certain kids though.

TheNebulousBoojum Sun 18-Nov-12 17:38:00

Need more details just because I'm curious.
Because the answer is, of course, never and in no circumstances.
Check your discipline and behaviour policy, I'm pretty certain that it won't be an option. You can think it, mind, as often and as loudly as you like.

Sparklingbrook Sun 18-Nov-12 17:38:01

<lurks in the staff room although not a teacher, just nosey>

TheFallenMadonna Sun 18-Nov-12 17:38:05

Not sure about the use of "bugger" even as banter, but "get lost", of course!

mirry2 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:38:22

#et lost is ok if said in a jokey manner. Buggar off is offensive language and I would be horrified if a teacher said it to my or any other child. i would never say it to anybody and certainly not a child.

TheNebulousBoojum Sun 18-Nov-12 17:38:45

Probably a primary/secondary split here. smile

MmeLindor Sun 18-Nov-12 17:40:58

I'm presuming senior school? Not P3.

Still on dodgy ground, but if staff and pupil had a bit of banter going, then perhaps ok.

More details needed.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 18-Nov-12 17:41:09

I might say this to my own children, in a light-hearted sort of way. Not to anybody else's.

TheMonster Sun 18-Nov-12 17:42:23

When they need to take their bag off grin sorry op, but I couldnt resist.

BlueElephant90 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:43:23

At a secondary school, to a 12 year old boy when the teacher was annoyed with him. The child cried for a long time afterwards.

BlueElephant90 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:44:41

No problem Body, have fun smile

TheNebulousBoojum Sun 18-Nov-12 17:44:45

So there's your answer. The child was distressed. The teacher was at fault.
What on earth had the child done?

mirry2 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:45:51

I'm not surprised he cried. Not nice at all.

EvilTwins Sun 18-Nov-12 17:46:30

Absolutely not under those circumstances and with a child that young. Would never say something like that in annoyance anyway, only in banter.

BlueElephant90 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:46:38

Was not running fast enough!

TheNebulousBoojum Sun 18-Nov-12 17:47:48

Not from a PE teacher by any chance?

BlueElephant90 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:49:00


Felicitywascold Sun 18-Nov-12 17:49:19

No. Of course it's not appropriate.

Although I can see myself saying it in banter, in an 'informal' setting (on a residential, in a boarding house, during a Sunday rehearsal) perhaps to a member of the U6 who I knew extremely well (ie, had been in Loco-Parentis during his school career since he was 13). And even then- Maybe. Not definitely.

mirry2 Sun 18-Nov-12 17:49:22

Why oh why do PE teachers think that some children are underperforming when in fact they are not very talented at PE?

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