Before I had a chance to send my email off to Santa I received a letter in the post from the North Pole.
This is an extract from it.
By now you will have had an apprentice Elf living with you for just over a week. We at Santa's
'Elf Academy ' take great pains to make sure that All of our Elves have been trained to very exacting standards.
Can you please take just 5mins of your valuable time to access your Trainee Elf (namely L'th) who has been stringently learning The Ropes with Elf Boss in attendance. Please fill out the enclosed Progress chart marking all boxes with a rating of 1-10. ( n.b. We expect some of the boxes to have a low rating).
All our elves have to attain good scores in all categories before they are allowed out on their own.
Chief Elf Trainer.