Sorry to hear you've lost a pupil Sue, but I have to say I don't blame you for being pleased about losing someone who messes you around!
I have 36 pupils and the majority of them are all very good, disciplined and never miss lessons (unless something important happens), however there are one or two who constantly mess me about.
This morning I have had a text from a pupil to say she can't come tonight as her timetable in tech has changed for this week only and she won't be home in time....I'm not unreasonable and if this had been the first, second or even third time this has happened, then I wouldn't mind, but on checking through my diary, since the beginning of Jan 07, out of a possible 14 lessons, she has attended only 6!
Unfortunately since she started with me 3 years ago, this has always been the case, but I have persevered mainly because in actual fact she is very talented! I have spoken to her about my frustration (you know - she's very talented, could do much more if she would just come etc etc) but despite promises to change, its got to the point where I am almost wishing she would just give up. Her parents know all this as I have spoken to them, but they haven't done anything about the attendance situation either.
Before anyone says "its ok - you are still getting paid even if she doesn't turn up" - I DON'T! She is the one pupil who refuses to pay me by term like everyone else and her parents insist on paying me fortnightly - so if she doesn't come for 4 weeks, then thats 4 weeks of me not getting paid (I have a 24 hour cancellation policy). I have a waiting list, and I know instead of moaning I should just tell her I can't teach her anymore, but like I said, she is actually very talented and if she would only attend lessons, she could be so much better!
Anyone any advice?