Now I get all the reasons about why this is a good thing but in all honesty I visted my current school but it was after school and the school had a whole different feel to what it is like when the children are in school, so I have only found these visits useful if you can see the school working and gain a flavour for the school. I have also found of the three interviews I have had since qualifying last year, I have only been interviewed once by a school where I looked round, as I was unable to visit the other two schools. I have just receive an application pack where they state it is 'expected' that prospective candidates look round the school. They have provided a ppointment times. One is at 2pm in the afternoon (der I am teaching!) and the other is 4pm on our staff meeting day. Now whilst my head teacher knows I am looking for another job, I do have to show a degree of loyalty to the school I am at as regards staff meetings etc... I have rung the school to try and book an alternative but they have said they can't accomodate at any other time. In all fairness it actually makes me wonder whether I really want to work there if they are that inflexible and 'expect' candidates to visit but then aren't accomodating. I also work a good half hour drive from home so as we finish at 3.30pm, getting there for a 4pm appointment is also difficult through the traffic. I have tried to use my NQT time for visits where possible but not all schools can fit in to my schedule. Some have been very understanding about this but some have said they prefer people to try and make the effort to visit - but this isn't about making an effort. Sorry this attitude is just making me a little cross at the moment. What about people who live further away than I do????? It strikes me this is very orientated to NQTs who are still at college/uni and will find it much easier to get the time off during the day than anyone currently teaching. Surely these teachers wouldn't be granting their own staff time off to go and look at potenitial schools when they should be teaching?????