The new foreign teacher I'm training has just pointed out to me the fact that nearly everyone at my school regularly slags one another off but never openly/to their face. Thinking about it, in my department alone, EVERYONE, bought our HOD a present at Christmas (except myself) and yet we all think this person is thoroughly objectionable and can't think of anything nice to day about them. Yet, we are beyond civil to one another, often offering help with personal difficulties, buying each other presents etc. The foreign teacher now wants to know if I don't follow suit because I'm from the north! LOL! Do you have elements of hypocrisy in you staffroom? Why do people feel the need to appear as buddies?