Yeah. It's so professional isn't it. Let's see, considerable variation in schools, considerable variation in classes within a given school but the NQT doesn't get to pick the class to be observed on. Brilliant! Personally I would specify that the NQT and those on PCGE could specify the classes to be observed in, with a weeks notice ofc. At the very least. The beauty of this approach is that your asking the student/NQT to deliver their best, which is really what your interested in seeing. How someone handles themselve under 'tough' conditions does really equate with the NVQ type qualification. Saying to someone, 'Ok show us your best' is actually a very tough assignment and more importantly a far better assessed of the final product. Current system is a bit of a lucky dip as quite a few NQT posts pretty much indicate. Grossly unfair sometimes. BTW: I wasn't really trying to say 'interesting lessons = good behaviour'. Things just are not that simple. Really aside for stictly following the schools misbehavioural system you don't have much else to work on. And as said kiddies are far smarter than their age suggests, they have seen the whole gauntlet of teaching practises and observed far more lesson than any young teachers and probably know the best counters. They know how to amuse themselves if that is the situation. Mr L seems to have summed things up very well. Just don't take the misbehaviour personally.