We still hold a diet of prelims in our school. Two years ago I pushed to preserve prelims as it gave teachers about four weeks total of extra non-contact time as well as the indicative nature of the prelims themselves. With "the nationals" came the news that the aspect of prelims that proved useful - appeal material - was now a non-starter (no appeals system) and prelims were therefore unnecessary. The impact was twofold. For our local authority to grant pupil leave the prelims could only be held for one week for all senior phase mock exams. Therefore a fortnight of "no S4" before Christmas and a fortnight of "no S5/6" in February became one- week of non-contact - something not inconsiderate when discussing tackling bureaucracy. I think the prelims now detract from teacher time and feel like asking colleagues to join me in asking the HT to scrap them altogether. My English colleagues may even whip their "prelim marking" to the bottom of the pile of AVUs and assignments. Thoughts?