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Tunbridge Wells headmistress brings in compulsory pupil-teacher handshaking

Discussion in 'Education news' started by FrankWolley, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

  2. saluki

    saluki Senior commenter

    We were told to do this on a recent training day. We all refused. The head teacher had probably been on the same useless training course as our HOD.
    Anyone who has done a food hygiene course will be able to tell you why you shouldn't eat peanuts provided in a bar. They will also be able to tell you what is found on male hands that isn't found on female hands. Eeuukk!
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  3. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    I don't get the point.
    If it's to 'show respect' - no it doesn't if it's compulsory. And as soon as the novelty wears off, it becomes an unthinking habit with no meaning at all - although it will still waste a lot of time.

    Come to think of it , could this be extended to every job. Let's imagine say , the train station, everyone has a personal handshake as they go through the barrier,
    "good morning sir"
    "good morning sir"
    "good morning madam"
    "good morning sir"
    "good morning madam"
    "good morning ma.... oh sorry you've missed your train!"
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  4. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Cue a massive rise in staff sickness. How long do you give it before it sinks without trace?
  5. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    ..and pupil sickness.
  6. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    How long before they start grumbling that lessons aren't getting off to a snappy start because child 30 in the class is entering a couple of minutes after they could have done - or that while the teacher's dutifully shaking hands, Billy Wriggle's up to tricks.
  7. zizzyballoon

    zizzyballoon Star commenter

    I bet they've copied it from Thomas' School in Battersea where Prince George has just started. I read that they all do it there. The children are not allowed to have best friends either. Maybe that will be the buzz thing soon in Tunbridge Wells. After all it is Royal Tunbridge Wells.;)
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  8. zizzyballoon

    zizzyballoon Star commenter

  9. binaryhex

    binaryhex Lead commenter

    Yuk! I wouldn't want to shake the hands of teenagers, who are still learning to put into practice what little they know about personal hygiene.
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  10. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    I'd think this would apply to all schools! Children and teenagers are not very good at washing their hands.
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  11. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    My thoughts on reading the article...
    1. Shaking hands with the pupils? What a stupid policy. However it does give the opportunity for a teacher to deliver a knuckle-crusher just to show Wayne who is boss.
    2. I shake hands with those I choose, not on the direction or someone else.
    3. That women needs to wash her hair. It looks lank, greasy and positively festering.
  12. galerider123

    galerider123 Lead commenter

    Once at the beginning of the school year, perhaps. But every lesson? What an awful waste of time, hygiene concerns aside.
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  13. pair_of_argyles

    pair_of_argyles Occasional commenter

    I'd insist on hygiene gel dispensers in every room , toilet, office and corridor - the cost alone would soon help to stop this sort of nonsense

    Of course you'd have to have the zero-alcohol version - you know what some the staff are like .
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  14. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I do NOT want to touch them... they do NOT want to touch me.

    Why in the name of holy goat interspecies dialogue would anyone think to force that on anyone? Blithering ejjits!
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  15. Flyingcarpet

    Flyingcarpet New commenter

    A teacher joined a school at which I worked and she would do this handshake thing with her form at the end of each day - she said it meant she knew that she had definitely seen the child had gone to their parent etc at end of day. Personally, I felt and still think that it is ridiculous to not be able keep pupils waiting with you before they off to parents without a handshake.
    Some parents liked seeing this and then some teachers started doing this too with their forms because the teacher was praised for doing this by a member of SLT.
    I did not do this and believe that to impose it on entry to classrooms is not positive and actually yet again is a SLT imposition which is basically taking away the ability of teachers to have their established rules for starting lessons.
    Insisting on polite good morning being said, orderly entry to all lessons and clear behaviour expectations for classrooms across the school is enough.

    Have handshake lessons incorporated in preparation for interviews by all means.
    There are too many health issues with constant handshaking. Handshaking in the UK has certain formal functions, which this rule just diminishes.
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  16. XTrapnel

    XTrapnel New commenter

    Seriously, what the xxxx is happening to teaching these days- utter madness.
    A really stupid idea.
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  17. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    Is this an attempt to marginalise Muslim staff and pupils who have cultural objections to handshakes in certain situations?

    I know of pupils who deliberately stick their hands down their trousers, then offer a teacher a handshake.
  18. bonxie

    bonxie Established commenter

    Just think how fast norovirus would spread in a school with this policy. If it results in attendance figures dropping dramatically on a regular basis, the handshakes will have to stop for health and safety reasons.
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  19. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    I guess the teachers could wear gloves to do it... (The thought came to me after reading post #17!)
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  20. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Oh what a lot of.nonsense. respect.is about far more than this. This is.no more meaningful than the "have a.nice day" at the door of the Disney store.

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