First Names Only: Teachers Say 'Call Me Dave', Not 'Sir'

16/09/2010 09:38 | Updated 22 May 2015

Staff at a Kent Primary school have ordered pupils to dispense with formal forms of address and call their teachers by their first names.

Hugh Greenwood, the headteacher at Boughton-under-Blean and Dunkirk Primary school in Faversham, Kent, told his students to do away with the traditional Miss, Mr and Mrs prefix and surnames, and just use their teachers' Christian names.

He believes the move will 'enhance the relationship' between the pupils and staff.

Mr Greenwood - or should that be Hugh - told reporters:

'We hope the pupils really take to the concept. 'We think it makes learning a more personal experience and allows teachers to come down to the pupils level. 'Obviously we are just trying it out and if it doesn't work we will refer back to the traditional custom.'

Parents have welcomed the move, saying their children not only love the idea but that it makes for a more relaxed environment at school. One mum told reporters:

'It think it's a fantastic idea. 'The informality has really helped kids to relax in the classroom and focus on learning. My son has been coming home speaking about his teacher called Tom. He found it quite imposing calling the teacher Mr or Mrs so this is much better.'

What do you think? A great way to remove barriers between pupils and staff, or a fast route to a lack of respect for authority in the classroom?

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