I am really happy and just want to share my happiness! As many of you know, I started my dream job in a small indepedent school last September and I have honestly never been happier. I have just had my first full appraisal (part one was last term and I passed with flying colours). Part 2 was this term. Appraisal involves SMT dropping in to 3 - 4 lessons over half a term, unannounced, for 20 minutes or longer. No pre-planned, choreographed, all singing all dancing stuff, just what you do normally. My appraisal was fantastic! I was told how well I'd fitted in to the school, how happy thery are with me, how valued a member of staff I've become and how much the students think of me. I was asked what my targets were and how the school could help me achieve them. Finally, I was thanked for all my hard work. I came out with a smile on my face and a spring in my step and ready to go that next extra mile for my students. Why can't all schools be like this?