Ok perhaps the thread title was a tad click bait like... but go easy on me folks, I have been mulling this weekend, mulling over the past few months, years and in fact decades... often with the threads on here in mind, thus I am wondering why we still teach secondary school (particularly KS4/5) in the manner we do when it seems some schools were functioning in different ways recently. Can we not take a look at the best and pick the best ways forward, particularly as schools are obviously in the main valued by society as a babysitting service... come exam factory, thus I propose a research programme into a full scale review of key stage 4/5 national provision to start with, along the lines of the following... *I'm definitely winging it here... so help me out if you will. 1) Provision for all KS4/5 students with IT equipment and associated monitored safe and exclusive internet connections either at home if safe to do so or in a hub of some description that does not demand the same level of qualified supervision as KS's 1-3, thus instilling a sense of personal responsibility with less qualified teacher supervision of students who can learn independently while prioritising this as a skill lower down the school in preparation for KS4/5. 2) Provide safe spaces for independent learning with less face to face contact with academic staff who could manage workload remotely on or offsite, again with access to appropriate IT (in many cases simply as secure laptop solely for work use). 3) Scale down class sizes for the rest of the school as they utilise space now available onsite as KS4/5 are supervised differently... we now have less movement around school so it could work. 4) Treat academic staff as academic staff for imparting knowledge making a clear division between pastoral roles and academic ones, since clearly we each have strengths in either/or and not everyone in both. 5) Extra curricular activities across the board taught by specialist area teams dedicated to keeping children occupied out of hours in a constructive manner where they can learn new skills, offsite if need be. *Bring back Sure Start if need be and the concept of wrap around care can truly be seen for what it is, parenting by schools... thus taking the parenting burden off the actual birth parents who it appears were not terrible well equipped to cope without school child care provision (I understand this it isn't a criticism, but meant to help). 6) Take some of the burden off everyone by removing unnecessary meetings and the emails meant to replace them, it's often simply not worth the time. We try to be all things to all people and it is clearly not working so surely to goodness someone somewhere is looking how to improve things holistically. While we are at it perhaps it's about time we look at loosening the ropes on KS1-3 so that teachers have the time and freedom to make learning fun again and allow children to be children before they get labelled as successes or failures through the testing and exam system. While we are at it we might consider the need to treat each other as professionals, with dignity and respect as we so often expect our pupils to behave towards us and each other. Surely it is time, isn't it, or have these unprecedented times taught us nothing? Anything we should add, what have I missed? *Do I need to wake up now?