It’s bad enough that my pupils constantly tell me tales about what other children in the class are doing wrong, trying to get them into trouble for the slightest misdemeanour - but I can deal with that myself. The problem is that we also appear to have a member of staff doing the same thing to colleagues, by reporting on to management the people who, for example, make mild criticisms of the way things are run, or say negative things in unguarded moments. Like the things my kids tell me, it’s never anything really serious, and the tell-tale isn’t being affected by it. The offender gets a surprise invitation to a meeting for an unpleasant ‘informal chat’ with the head, while the tell-tale pretends nothing has happened and even feigns concern for the person when word gets out they’ve been told off. There have been a number of occasions of them reporting on different people, but although a number of us know exactly who is responsible, we haven’t said anything to them about it because, well... they’re obviously very popular with the management... I’ve never come across anything like it at work before, but I’m really finding it hard to reply to the tell-tale’s cheery “Hello!” each morning when I know what they do and how they choose to behave. In fact, I’m wondering if I even dare open my mouth in their presence, but worry I’ll be reported next if I appear to be unfriendly towards them! Why does someone choose to behave like this, (can it be they get a pay rise for each bit of information?!) and what can be done about it?