I'm coming to the view that the KS3 SoW (especially) says quite a bit about the HoD's approach. If it's intensively loaded with 'content', then it suggests to me a strong (excessive?) focus on examination success and monitoring (since the reason is presumably to make it precisely clear what will, and will not be examined at the end of the year) . Such a SoW gives little flexibility to individual teachers, though it does presumably make for smoother transitions at the end of each year when students may well change class teacher (when it might help the new teachers to know what their students have studied before). Perhaps the degree of detail contained in the SoW also depends upon the maturity/experience/preferences of the individual class teachers too (i.e. some may want more guidance than others)? I'm interested to know what, if anything, do you feel can be 'read into' a SoW (especially the KS3 SoW)?