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No wonder the whining schoolboy!

There’s a report in the Telegraph this morning under the heading ‘School reports: the 15 best school reports submitted to the Telegraph letters page’.

As with many of these amusing scraps of reportage, I think we need to exercise a degree of scepticism, as many such stories are likely to be apocryphal.
Never mind, the one that caught my eye read: ‘The improvement in his handwriting has revealed his inability to spell’. Delightful!
This takes me back to my own school days when, at a parents evening, my French master informed my father: ‘By the time your son learns French, he will be too old to cross the Channel!’
On a more serious note, alongside the above item, sits a piece on Northgate High School in Ipswich, which is seeking to employ someone to correct ‘spelling mistakes, poor or missing punctuation, incorrect capitalisation [as well as] ‘improving poor grammar’, in the school’s reports written by members of staff.
According to the Ipswich Star, the head David Hutton insists that the school employs ‘high calibre teaching staff’. I can understand a school wishing to ensure the formal acceptability of outgoing reports but, if the staff are so ‘high calibre’, why the need to employ a scrutineer?
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2 thoughts on “No wonder the whining schoolboy!

  1. Thanks for this, Susan.
    It will have to be one or the other. I've got a level 3 Spanish course to do in February and the reading is piling up! Nice of you to keep me on my toes!
    Best,
    John

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