"Strangely I don't think a 'nice easy life' is what we became teachers for, Prime. I love my job in a comprehensive, thanks. "The point of this thread is that it is a fallacy that teachers in elitist schools are in a position to tell the vast majority of the rest of us, who teach across the ability range, how to do our jobs." Exactly. Blue117 has summed it up nicely, although I would prefer a few f****s and w**kers in with the post, just to (in my opinion) drive home the point. My job is great, with wonderful, caring team-playing staff, committed to helping those in a (mostly) deprived or disadvantaged situation. We focus on what matters to students and do our best. My students don't get tutors, multiple attempts at GCSEs, endless revision clubs and 1-1 help, horse-riding lessons on Saturday, a wide and constant range of trips abroad or even in this country, trips to Cambridge and Oxford and so on. The teachers in princesses' schools have no place coming in to where we teach and giving us "advice" based on their experiences of teaching Pruscilla and Daisy. They have forgotten what it is like to have a class of very wide ability children, some who may have not eaten that morning or had the sh1t kicked out of them the night before, or are being pressured to join gangs, and on it goes. It is a vastly different environment with totally different needs and completely different approaches. I won't ever leave this environment because I believe in what I am doing and I will continue to think of those who come here with their tips and teaching strategies from their girls grammar school experiences with nothing except contempt. And still, no one has has come up with specific reasons why Pruscilla and Daisy's Maths teacher knows how to teach in my environment.