This is a story told to me which I will retell as closely as I can without revealing the people involved. Two fifty-something teachers at a primary school - I'll call them Mary and Jane. Both on UPS 1. These two women were the life-blood of their school. They ran a breakfast club, after-school club and sports teams after school, all for no payment. Mary gave 1 to 1 tuition for free also, for the year 6 children running up to SATS. Their lessons were innovative and well-planned and the school community adored them. They always received outstanding from Ofsted. Three years ago, a new, young, female Head was appointed. She made it clear to Mary and Jane that she didn't want them there any more. Their lessons were downgraded, they were constantly berated and told that they could no longer offer breakfast club, or after school care. The sports teams were given to other teachers who, actually, didn't want to coach them. Mary and Jane bided their time, because they knew that they were due an Ofsted inspection. They also knew that it was their Outstanding lessons which had always carried the school over the line to a 'Good' rating. Ofsted arrived and they had a ball - or more to the point, the kids had a ball! They taught the worst lessons they could possibly think of. They allowed the children to mess around, shout out, run around and generally play up. They asked closed questions and handed out worksheets- same one to the whole class regardless of ability. The school received Notice to Improve. Mary and Jane saw the year out and because of their local excellent reputation, were able to secure a shared job at a nearby struggling school where they have proceeded to put in place all the things they had done before. This school received a Good with Outstanding features which included the breakfast club they ran. Their old school? Now in Special Measures. The moral of this story, is 'Don't underestimate older, experienced teachers!'