I am known as the strict teacher in my small school because I insist that good manners should be shown at all times. I will not allow children to go to the toilet, get a drink etc unless they say please. I will wait and insist that all children stop and listen before I give instructions. I expect children to say thank you if another pupil holds the door open for them. I will not tolerate children treating my TA as a hired help and not treating them, or any adult, in the school with respect. I will b@ll@ck any child who dares to answer back to any adult in the school. I expect the children in my class to clear up and put things away and clear up after themselves.I have monitors, although I also show that I am willing to help out as it is 'our classroom', not mine or theirs. I believe in basic good manners but I feel as though I am swimming against the tide because other staff, and often the HT, will let things go for a quiet life. Perhaps I am too old fashioned but, having typed this, I am now even more determined to carry on as I am. I had doubts when I started this but have realised that I really believe good manners and respect are important to me and I will continue swimming! No reply needed. I just needed to put my thoughts somewhere.