Education Secretary Ed Balls today announced that calling in sick to work is to become part of the National Curriculum to ensure that all pupils leave school with the skills needed to compete in the modern workplace.
‘Calling in sick is something that most people find very stressful,’ said Balls, ‘and millions of working days a year are lost due to stress. It’s a vicious circle.’
The lessons will cover different aspects of calling in sick, including ‘Tone of Voice – the art of not sounding too happy or fatally ill’ and ‘Use of the Internet – how giving too much information on your symptoms can backfire’.
However, despite initial enthusiasm from pupils, turnouts for classes have been disappointingly low following sudden outbreaks of food poisoning and that virus that’s been going around.