...this won't be a one off post. I will build on it as my thoughts develop, First and foremost - no-one has children at the heart of education anymore. By no-one I mean the authorities and the powers that be. I totally agree that children should be challenged to achieve their very best and must be taught to be so - my school and I have done this with excellent results over the last 15 years. That said my recent experiences (from the local authority) tell me that it should be learning, learning, learning without any enjoyment or enrichment. No rewards, loss of a playtime, music lessons not encouraged, even collective worship downgraded. All this during my time away through illness and a LA interim head put in place. I fundamentally disagree and that is why I have decided to retire.