A personal bugbear of mine. One of several. Colleagues who say "Afterall, shouldn’t we aim to apply the same standards to the staff as we insist on for the students?" from https://www.tes.com/news/4-most-annoying-student-questions-and-what-i-really-want-reply and the answer is no For example : I might be late to a lesson because I had to put out a small fire, stop a fight, administer first aid or because it is a split site school. A child should be doing none of these things. I am a trained first aider. I am a trained fire marshall. I am a member of staff. I am unsured, or I jolly well should be, by the school/LEA. You average school student is none of these things. In fact most school students are none of these. But most of all, I am an adult who is and can be held accountable to various quarters. Students, even those that are 18, not held to the same standards. You see, saying that staff should have the same standards applied as students is part of treating staff as children mentality. I have been in staff meetings where foolish SMT members pronounce that staff should never be late. I recall one such pronouncement with great, next time I see a fight I'll walk past it to make sure that I am not late for a lesson. I have never heard any logical argument that can convince me that staff should be held to the same standards as students. Children will try and use the same rules should apply to staff and students argument, but then again children will claim that "the dog ate my homework".