To open the bidding, Academic Monitoring days. These were disorganised chaos. Within a 'generous' ten minute slot, the form teacher was expected to: 1. Fetch the student and parent(s) from the hall and return with them to the tutor room. 2. Explain the questions on a form covering two sides of A4 and record their answers to them. 3. Agree three academic targets and three personal targets with them and record them on the form, while the student does likewise in their link-book. 4. Return to the Hall to pick up the next student and parent(s). It didn't seem to dawn on management that with form groups of 30 - 35 that tutors would be running hopelessly behind schedule by the end of a couple of hours, or that the chances of having a parent with nothing better to do on a weekday were pretty small. Much further time was consumed by back and forth translations for accompanying grandparents who didn't speak English.