The school photographers were in this week. Once a year, we have every pupil in the school shot (and we take their photographs too. BOOM! Thank you, I’m here all week).
This year, we wanted to finally implement the fairly simple process of matching up the digital thumbnails we get from the photgraphers with the pupil records on our MIS system, so we have an up-to-date mugshot on each record. This involves giving the photgraphers a pupil list with the pupil’s MIS code on. They then name each file with the correct MIS code, and we do a batch import that takes about 2 minutes.
Trouble is, they didn’t always get the correct MIS code. I mean, why would they? It’s not like it’s part of their job, or that they need to know who each child is so they can send the parents the correct sodding photos. They just work a camera, guv. The end result is that I spent an hour going through the balls-up they left us, calling on half a dozen different teachers trying to work out which boys in the school were apparently girls when the photographers took their photo.
Next year, I will be taking a more active role in the process. Specifically, I will be sitting in the room with the photographers, holding a large anvil above their heads in an attempt to persuade them that correctly writing down which child they are photographing is not as hard as they made it seem this year.