My friend says that her daughter has just told her that a member of staff at their local school asked her and two other students to go for reading lessons with her, but called them names such as 'Awful Anna', 'Terrible Tim' etc. She told her daughter that the woman was probably joking (the mum says one of the children she called out is a very well behaved boy who could already read Harry Potter before starting school). But is it now acceptable to do this? These children are 7. The school has a very mixed intake-some children are from rich backgrounds, some from homes where no-one has ever worked, there are (she says) children with GDD/SEN in class...in any case, she says there is quite of lot of bullying and thinks that staff speaking like this is unlikely to help.