When Malcolm Gladwell was asked what one thing would most improve education he replied, ’Abolishing teacher staff rooms’. He may have been right – a survey published today shows that teachers top the worst ‘gossips at work’ poll, with 79% talking about their colleagues behind their back. Financial services staff were second and those who worked in catering third. The survey of 2000 workers was conducted by ICBI.
No other professions have a ‘panic room’ just for managers to chill out, so why have school staff rooms? Surely that’s exactly the time when students are at their most vulnerable in terms of bullying? I have similar problems with the entire student body having to stand up every hour and march off to another location in the school. Imagine a company asking its employees to move to another department on the hour, every hour.