What we’re being paid money for by those parents is to get the best out of the children in our trust and this is a fine line.
When does demanding become tyrannical? When does understanding become namby-pamby and not constructive for anyone? It is, as just said, a fine line.
With girls, it becomes doubly difficult if you’re a male gamesmaster and girls want to play what the boys play? Do you refuse? My approach, in one case, was this.
I talked to the whole age level one day, after talking to the infant mistress who doubled as the girls’ form mistress and said I’d like to take the girls for a practice session first – those who wish to try, I mean, I want no boys there for that session, so you’ll all be on a cross-country under [another teacher].
So I did take the session and had ten girls.…