Wow. I have just spent a little time reading the dilemas on here, and have come to the conclusion that school management is rotten to the core. It is staffed by people with egos too large for the job, and quite likely people lacking in classroom experience who have serious issues with their own inability to teach. There are so many bullies who are always seeking to undermine the workers in their schools. Couple with that the brown nosers, and competitive teachers who do not seem to have left the playground themselves. There needs to be a serious overhaul of the education system and its aims. At the moment, the aims of the education system are reduced to meaningless targets. This has led to those in charge of the schools investigating which underhand ways they can reach these targets, and not actually care about the learning taking place. For example: the BTEC revelution. Schools, such as the one that I work in are fobbing pupils off with these worthless qualifications, just to move themselves up the league table, and get themselves in the paper for being so improved. Pupils in y11 start to cop on to this when they have interviews at college, when they are told that they need more real GCSEs. Unfortunately, the government is in with this scam. Due to the fact that it makes them look like they have driven up standards in education. In reality, they have driven them down. In the school I work at, BTECs are nothing more than a copy fest, that increases the workload of the teachers. After reading about some of the stff on these pages, and experiencing things I have in my school, I really am turned off teaching. To those higher up than me, education is not about enthusing and enthralling, and instilling a love of learning, it seems to be a means to an end of achieving some meaningless target, and now this is being fed to the children, what is your target. In this quest to reach targets, managers will move classes round at a whim, from teacher to teacher, thus undermining and devaluing many staff, as will they move pupils round at a whim. This isn't what I became a teacher for, and I am sure there are many more people who share my view. What can we do about it? Surely there are enough of us who feel this way? Or has this target driven mentality got us so scared about what will happen if we don't meet our targets that we cannot speak up about the mess our schools are in? answers on a post card!!!