Something drastic has to be done to improve a teacher's lot, if all the threads here and general discontent within the profession are to be believed! Here are my suggestions from nearly 50 years' experience in primary schools! (a) Remove Ofsted and replace it with an equally robust local authority inspection. ( CFBt) with HMI inspections at intervals. (b ) Remove externally marked KS2 SATs. ( the validity of such is so questionable when schools invigilate the testing process themselves) I am all for maintaining the highest standards in the 3Rs, both in delivery and testing, but to allow schools to conduct their own exams, when the results can so influence a school's reputation, is asking for dubious practices from certain unscrupulous quarters!! ( incidentally, in the early 60's, the 11plus was the norm! No head or teacher was allowed to invigilate the exam in their own school...heads moved to each others' schools to administer it, so to remove any hint of foul play!!!) (c) Replace unnecessary bureaucracy forthwith!! Planning and recording in the last few years has become a ludicrous albatross round teachers' necks! We are professionals and should not have to put chapter and verse about how, or what we teach in front of a class....can you imagine our medical colleagues writing down the minutiae of every time they perform an appendectomy or a dentist an extraction? (d) Remove the statutory requirement for "a daily act of corporate worship" One a week is sufficient. I have seen and continue to see so much wasted teaching time taken up with over-long assemblies! Often these assemblies are delivered to such a wide age-range that attention and interest, cannot be maintained! (e) Remove the compulsion to teach MFL, unless the teaching of it is overhauled and made more meaningful...I've been lucky enough to visit Chinese and Japanese primaries and see their teaching of English...their 20 minute DAILY lesson from 5 to 11 years of age DOES provide spectacularly successful and meaningful results.....I can't say the same for our country's teaching of MFL! (f) If all the figures of obesity and generally unhealthy primary school children are to be verified, give a higher priority to physical education in our schools.....and I mean physical!....where the heart rate is increased significantly....I am a great believer of "Circuit Training" in the primary school, where each child , twice a week, works at their own speed and ability. ( no teacher. in my school, planned or recorded results! ....that was up to the children themselves!) I hereby end my ranting! Something has to be done to improve our image! I do hope there will be replies to shoot me down in flames! I'd like to hear your views! I used to think that teaching was a "calling" Is it still?