I was wondering what the views of other teachers are on this one? The official checklist for ADHD seems to be a very loose list of vague symptoms that could very well be attributed to other factors. Symptoms such as 'being unable to wait your turn', 'interrupting conversations' and 'having a short attention span' and 'excessive fidgeting' could just be due to being a child! I do personally feel that children sometimes play up to the label they are given. I have taught pupil's who were diagnosed with dyslexia who were only too keen to adopt the attitude of "well that's me finished with books then!"!!! I have also taught students unable to stop tapping on the desk due to their ADHD. However they quickly stop when the head teacher walks in. Indicating to me that they do have some degree of control over what their limbs are doing. I have also taught in schools where an ADHD diagnosis is used by management types to excuse all sorts of behaviour and rudeness. The sad thing is other children see this and take it as their benchmark of what you can get away with in class. It also seems that students are proud now to inform you that the behaviour they are displaying to sabotage teaching and learning is down to their 'ADHD'. If you ask them to tell you a bit more about their mental illness however they will take issue over their special ADHD being classed as a mental health issue. Looking at the list of ADHD 'symptoms' it seems they could all be either indicators of another condition. Be it a medical one or simply over exposure to digital media, lack of exercise or never being told the word ''no". I do personally feel that there is a fuzzy area between where ADHD starts and bad parenting stops. This may be an unpopular viewpoint but after a long time as a classroom teacher it is the conclusion I have reached. Maybe before diagnosing ADHD medical practitioners should ask one simple question. "If someone had a gun to your head could you stop tapping on the desk?" This might help filter out genuine cases from those who are just in need of what my nan would have called a "good red legging". To conclude, we live in a country where people come home from wars with limbs missing yet still sign up for marathons. That is the Dunkirk spirit and that is what British values should be about. Overcoming adversity not playing up to it or using it as an excuse to justify poor behaviour.