What a marvellous thread! I wasn't overly keen on going back on Monday (love my job but hadn't slept much - I'm never tired enough in the holidays to drop off til about 2am!) and had to give back three y11 groups their RS short course GCSE mock papers - results not good. Last year there was lots of "well we hate RS anyway and shouldn't have to do it, wasn't compulsory last year" etc. This year all three groups sat and took copious notes on the feedback I gave them, asked intelligent questions about the topics they felt weakest on and in each of the three lessons at least one pupil said something along the lines of "let's get on and improve, it's really important that we understand this stuff well if we're going to live in such a multicultural society" (school is a London comp). I got a bit teary and also felt really high at the end of the day rather than exhausted!