Teachers pets and pests

Teachers can identify naughty pupils minutes into their first day of school - just by looking at the classroom register, Bounty has discovered in a new survey.

The study of 3,000 school teachers revealed more than one in three 'expect' children with certain names to be more of a handful than others, and keep an eye out for children with names like Callum, Chelsea, Connor and Jack.    Check out Bounty baby names to find out which other names strike fears into the nation's tutors.

Bounty’s Faye Mingo said “Teachers are only human and make assumptions like the rest of us.  Rightly or wrongly, most of us make assumptions based on something as simple as a person’s name and we base these on our previous experiences. It’s only natural for teachers to make judgments based on the behaviour and performance of former pupils with the same name, but I’m sure that they are happy for to be proved wrong. After all, there is always an exception to every rule.

The study also revealed girls called Aliesha, Casey and Crystal put teachers on edge as do boys named Kyle, Liam, Jake and Brooklyn. Others 'troublesome' pupils include girls called Jessica, Brooke and Demi.

The poll also revealed 49 per cent of teachers make assumptions about a child when they take their first look at the register in September. The same percentage admitted a sense of foreboding when they glimpse at the names at the register on the first day of term.

Interestingly, 57 per cent of teachers said the naughtiest children at school are also the most popular and often make friends easier than well behaved children. More than a third also claimed that the naughtiest children are often the brightest – and the most sensitive.

Seven out of 10 teachers agree that most children start the new school year well behaved, and only get naughtier as they get more confident in class. And 74 per cent claim that even the naughty children are good kids really, but often get carried away trying to entertain their mates.

The good news for teachers across the UK is that in 50 per cent of cases, even the naughty kids settle down as the school year progresses.

“While many parents may worry about the name they choose for their child, all children will make a name their own,” Faye continued

The poll also revealed the school register often provides a source of amusement for teachers - 71 per cent often have a little chuckle to themselves about the more obscure names.  And 69 per cent say they often have difficulty pronouncing some of the weird and wacky names parents have chosen for their children.  Find out more here.