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Best Excuses for Missing Lessons

These are some of the best excuses I've had for students missing lessons. I shall undoubtedly be adding to this in the future.

They are all true. I have added only the initials of the student for anonymity.


- “sorry I slept in”  -  Common but this lesson was 2-4pm in the afternoon. (ML)

- “..Sorry I don’t think I’m going to make it. I was getting off the train when I realised I’d left my mobile phone on the train, so I got back on the train to pick it up. But before I could get off the train, it started going again, I tried to ask the guard to stop the train, but I couldn’t find the guard. Then at the next stop I forgot to get off, so I think I’m heading towards London… So I don’t think I’ll make it today… sorry…”  (AP)

- “I’ve got to go to an audition for Big Brother. I’ve made it to the last 1,000”  (AP)

- "There were 2 bees in my room so I was hiding under my bed. Then it was 11.15 so I thought there was no point coming 40mins late." (ML)

I'm sorry I didn't turn up, but the dog ate my stash of cannabis' (truly!).

Best Excuses for Not Doing Homework

- "I've been busy doing Geography coursework" (everybody) - this isn't so much an excuse as an inevitable daily greeting my students give me

- " I'm not going to lie to you - the truth is I couldn't be bothered" - the virtues of honesty

- " I couldn't do it!" - not very original

- " I left it at home " - Oh boy this is so poor.


Best Excuses for being late

" The yellow sign painted on the road outside the school said 'CHILDREN SLOW', so rushing wasnt an option!! "

" I didn't do my homework because I didn't want to add another work to your already heavy workload. "

" Its only a day late, if there is an infinite amount of time in the universe, then a day divided by infinity is nothing so its actually on time! " - maybe for Philosophy


Are you a teacher? would you like to share your best excuses that you have been given? Contact: richard

The last 3 were from BBC best excuses

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