There is an expression used by City traders for when a stock, that has collapsed spectacularly in one day, rises by a few percent the next.
This is known as a "dead cat bounce".
Nanny has her own version of the dead cat bounce, which she applies to those taking GCSE's.
Now we all know that life is hard, and that the real world offers you no favours.
However, Nanny feels that children taking exams should not actually be exposed to reality; in her perverse way she thinks that she does them a favour by protecting them from life's harsh realities.
In effect, by "protecting" them from reality she ill prepares them for life; over protection does no one any favours.
Anyhoo, in this particular instance Nanny has decided that when a pet of an exmaninee dies the exmaninee will be credited with an extra 2%. Oh, and if you have a headache, that's worth 1%.
So little Johnny just needs to create a dead pet, and say that he has a headache.
An extra 3%.
Don't believe me?
Then ask Nanny's chums at the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents England's three main exam authorities.
In fact there is a little list of the extra credits that can be earned, that a reasonably street savvy kid can really milk:
-Recent death of parent or close relative - 5%
-Recent death of distant family member - 4%
-Witness to distressing event on day of exam - 3%
-Hay fever - 2%
-Death of family pet on day of exam - 2%
-Pet dies day before exam - 1%
-Headache - 1%
The argument that Nanny puts forward is that the extra credits are there as:
"a way of compensating a candidate who has been genuinely adversely affected by a situation beyond their control."
The problem is that in real life, shit happens!
Nanny is ill equiping the children of today, for the problems of the future.