Do you ever go to a school and despite lovely staff, nice kids,having a generally good day, you leave thinking/muttering to yourself HOOOOOW have they ever been recorded as a 'Good' school? Maybe my standards/expectations are different or something but some Ofsted judgements seem right off the mark? I mean sometimes they aren't because you go to a school that 'requires improvement' and you experience the behaviour and think "Yup, I agree!" But sometimes it seems to be judged on just being a 'nice-seeming' school in a good area? or a church school, or all the sporting activities/wrap around care/extra-curricular stuff they do but with a detriment to the basic lesson work presented in books? It sometimes seems that if in a leafy, rural environment with a certain income-expectations/social status families ( you know what I mean) long as kids are given attention and everything's lovely they think the education is where it should be, despite any real academic rigour and the kids being lovely enough as individuals but ever so slightly indulged and kind of thinking they don't really have to try very hard at all because they already have everything? Having looked at books I thought 'Oh my goodness! I know not everything's from a presentation or work completed point of view but there should be a basic standard no? I've been teaching for 20+ years and I always seem to see the same thing, visiting different schools: groups of society under different socio-economic/localised/trending/cultures/areas/environment-conditioned groups - there are quite clearly groups and types in particular areas? Maybe it's just in the East Midlands, where we have lots of different societal groups within short distances geographically but you can mention a school or a particular area and visualise the kind of parents/kids the kind of culture there? I'm not saying this in a derogatory way and still treat everyone as an individual: it's just interesting to observe and pretty predictable? One other thing I noticed today was the continuing interruptions: even with the most focused kids, there just seems SO many 'do thisis' in the school day - the kids are kept FRANTICALLY busy to the extent they don't have the capacity to be mentally ( and some physically!) still and complete quality work )( they did for me today because I made them!) I think having choice and a wealth of opportunities is wonderful, especially for not-so-academic pupils, but does anyone else long for a return to the class teacher being the focal point and authority, with time to complete set activities with the emphasis being on quality completion and the satisfaction of a good piece of work completed, rather than the focus being on whatever is happening at lunch/after school/in sports clubs/ or moving (rushing) onto the next frantically timetabled thing?