I would really appreciate any advise! I have a year 1 class. The head teacher is a lovely lady and I get on with her reasonably well, but when she covers my class she picks fault in everything from equipment not in the correct draws (even though the kids put things away) to children not being challenged enough. My main concern is that she promotes a creative curriculum with emphasis on children initiating their own learning. We (my year partner and I) plan starting activities and then the children develop their learning from there, once they've finished the activity they can 'choose' another activity related to the topic. However when the head covers my class she always complains that the children don't focus on their given activity for long enough and the children ask her if they can choose meaning she cannot work with her group. The children don't do this to me, although I know they push their luck with other cover teachers. The main problem is I don't know what to say to the head when she queries this, in the past I've asked her for suggestions but all she's suggested is written instructions but as the kids aren't the best readers I can't see this working. My year partner just tells me to carry on regardless as the head is 'a bit out of touch' and that the heads suggestions are impractical. I'm really worried about what to say to the head and dread the days that she covers my class. I know my class are making good progress, and a lot of parents have said that their children have been complaining that they have been doing 'too much work', so clearly the kids don't think their choosing enough! Any suggestions would be gratefully received.