I must admit your arguments strike me as rather incoherent and somewhat obtuse. For example, on one hand you state that ‘It's also because they have top notch leadership teams who understand that their staff are the key to their success and value and develop them’ but then you automatically change the subject to ‘I don't mean to denigrate the work of University lecturers.’. If you think that you work in a school in which you are developed inadequately or not cherished as much as you would like to be, then that is your problem. In case you are not aware, you are the qualified teacher who is able to teach in schools across the country, unlike some of these bright students who do not have a choice about where they are sent to school because apparently it was "elitist" to take kids and give them the same education for nothing that they would pay thousands for at Eton or Benenden to make the most of their potential. During the 70s and 80s, thousands of poor kids who had been born brilliant had to be forced instead into comprehensive education which failed them massively and is still doing so. Instead of complaining about your situation, why not see it from their perspective. More hyperboles, I see. In my initial post, I believe I said that ‘there is time available...it just needs to be utilised carefully’, which is not directly or indirectly a criticism of your time-management capabilities, because, and if you think very carefully and logically I’m sure you’re likely to agree, I would have to know the way you manage your time before I were to criticise it. Although, come to think of it, I do think that you could improve your time-managing skills by spending less time on the forums venting your anger and more time ‘in real life’ addressing the issues. If you find it offensive, then that perhaps has something to do with your own insecurities about your time-management skills. As you can tell from my username, I am a literary enthusiast and often I get into the habit of overanalysing what other people say or write (an incurable hangover of a four year intellectually stimulating PhD). From the rash and illogical way in which you write, I think that you are perhaps the same and, whilst that trait may be forgiven in an academic environment, it does not bode well in state comprehensivess ’m aware that there is a world of difference between a successful sixth form and a tough inner city school. Prior to working at the aforementioned successful school, he worked in a number of state comprehensives in the some of the most deprived areas of Northern England. Whilst his school is successful, they are also feeling the effects of Mr Gove and his policies, so please do not make the mistake in foolishly assuming that teachers in inner-city comprehensives are the only ones struggling with the regimentation’s inflicted upon the education system and terrible decisions being made in Westminster. Hardly applies to my situation? Whilst I’m aware of the fact that I am privileged to work with students who willingly want to learn about English Literature and creative writing, that does not make it any less stressful than working in an ‘inner-city secondary school on the verge of special measures in one of the most socially and economically deprived areas in Europe’. Clearly you have no idea about the amount of time, energy and dedication a PhD requires or the amount of work senior lecturers like myself undertake on a daily basis both inside and outside of the university. I very well know what it is like to work in an ‘incredibly stressful, demoralising often bullying culture’ but rather than behaving petulantly and irrationally, I remain strong and focused for the sake of my students and for the sake what I believe in. I think you would benefit from applying some logic in this given situation. Whilst I never said that it is your ‘whinging’ which was the issue, I do however think that if people spent less time whinging and more time addressing social disadvantage and actively working on these issues, problems would get solved quickly. This statement is also incredibly illogical. I believe this was in response to ‘we came to the conclusion that teaching would be much better in this country and students would be better equipped with skills to help them at work or at university if there was less whinging about how 'impossible' the system allegedly is and more focus on what can be improved.’ If you honestly think that my suggestion indicated that I feel as if I know how to miraculously save the appalling state education in this country, then I’m not going to stoop to your level and argue the case further. Your lack of basic logic shows that you and your ilk are no different to the likes of Gove and his cronies. I don't think I'll return to this website. Self-pitying teachers like you make me incredibly grateful for the fact that I work in an industry with people mature and intelligent enough to grasp simple arguments and have a clear grip on basic logic. The sad thing is that studying English Literature (at a decent institution, anyway) is a discipline which is supposed to enable people to process and develop an argument effectively. It clearly had the inverse effect with you.