What would be best: prescribing every lesson in detail including the strategies and contexts to be used and skills being developed? And risk staff not following it all. Or train staff better to identify the skills students need, and write a less prescriptive scheme, with less suggestions but probably more flexibility and risk that staff don't teach some skills at all? Is it possible to use schemes of work to improve teaching and learning and the sharing of good practice and if so how? How can they make sure that students get the opportunity to develop skills and ideas as well as cover content?