I would like to ask whether when you saw the heading of this post you all thought this must be about pupils being sarcastic to teachers. Did any of you consider that I might have been referring to staff being sarcastic to pupils?? I have held high positions in education, including head teacher and inspector - national assessor and moderator for numerous national programmes some mandatory - and am more than disappointed by the way some teaching staff have spoken to children. I am a mother and have just been speaking to my 17 year old son who told me what a teacher in a secondary school said to him when passing in the corridor today. What may have seemed like innocent teasing on the part of a young though experienced, male teacher was in my view little more than bullying. As I see it, unless there is an equal relationship where one 'tease' / sarcastic remark can be responded to in the same way by the recipient - the act is bullying on the part of the teacher .What do you think? In my experience a good yardstick, by which to measure how any of you speak to children / pupils irrespective of their ages is to ask yourself this in your head before speaking - Would you say this to a pupil if their parents were standing by your side? - if the answer is no - then you are abusing your position of trust in my view .Comments please?