I am a Spanish national Teacher of Spanish, highly educated, previously a Lawyer in Spain, with a Teacher Training Course, especialised in teaching Spanish as a foreign language with the Instituto Cervantes, with a QTS here and permanent residence. I am simply in shock at the lack of respect that Teachers in the UK receive from the very same Educational system. In Secondary Schools Teachers are supposed to be specialists in their subjects. That means that they have chosen and spent years gaining a knowledge of the subject they want to teach, are passionate about and want their students to share their interest. They have also spent time learning about the best way to achieve that with the children of today. That is the theory. Then you land at an interview and they start trying to convince you that a good Teacher can actually teach "anything" simply because he/she is passionate about teaching, full stop. They said that I should be prepared to be told to teach any other MFL the next term, even if I did not have a clue about it, because at the end of the day it is the very same as any other language... a bit of Grammar, Vocabulary, and that's it. I currently have an A2 level in German, working towards a B1, too low for me to be comfortable with teaching it, because I believe that teaching is a huge responsibility and that Teachers simply have to know about their subjects. No respect whatsoever to the Teacher, and even worse to the students, who are supposed to be learning from somebody who actually knows what is talking about. And what is most annoying, it is presented as an "opportunity for the good Teachers to excell", even if they have to prepare the lesson the night before. And they expect this in MFL, where you cannot really isolate a little piece of the language without connecting it to what was taught the day, week or year before, or without it being connected to what is going to be taught the next day, week or year. Where accent alone is extremely important in order to communicate properly. They stick to a book, play the tracks or videos that come with it and also borrow some ready-made resource, in many cases done by Teachers who are non native and have made mistakes in their resources. I have seen Teachers of MFL who not only are not natives (it is perfectly fine if their command is truly close to that of an educated native, C2), but in many cases their actual command of their subject is minimal, not even A2. And sometimes nobody at the observation and interview could speak that language, so they only look at experience, in many cases an experience of teaching mistakes. So what about "languages are alive"... these Teachers would actually be scared of any spontaneous participation from the students, wanting to know how to say something out of the planned vocabulary, and the Teachers would have to either invent words so that they are not caught out on the spot, or tell them to look at the dictionary or ask tomorrow or tell them that they have very little time to finish the lesson. Is this really a way to respect Teachers and students? Should Secondary Teachers just stand up and applaud at being given this golden "opportunity" to show how good they are at not knowing what they are teaching but doing it in a passionate way? Are we Teachers or merely enthusiastic and passionate charlatans, scared of being asked anything out of the planned lessons? What is the point of Schools if at the end of the day Teachers are doing what students can do themselves with a computer at home? (Definition of charlatan: "a person who pretends or claims to have more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses". Sounds familiar.) I understand the very sad reality of a need to be flexible, I can see that there is a serious problem with funding, but I cannot accept that it is being presented as a "win". And I cannot see it being right, particularly for MFL or Arts as they cannot be taught in isolated bites. Language and Art techniques are connected in their specialities and it takes many years to have a good command of these subjects. I can hold a pencil, and I can hit a piano key. Does that mean that I can teach Art? I have spent 3 months learning French and I even spent a couple weeks in France, therefore I can teach French, can't I? We are educated adults, we are able to have critical thinking and see what is behind the sometimes enthusiastic speech of a "good Teacher can teach anything at short time, otherwise he is not a good Teacher". Please do not present a huge failure in the system as an opportunity. Would these Schools be proud to tell the parents and Ofsted that their MFL Teachers actually cannot speak the languages they are teaching, but not to worry because they are excellent Teachers? Really? The Head of Spanish of a School I went for an interview told me that he was leaving because he had been asked to teach Geography next term. Should I be happy to join that School "full of dedicated, enthusiastic, passionate and highly educated Teachers, a School that promotes excellence and that has a vision to offer its students the best possible education in order to success in life"?. Oh, rejoice! Embrace the lack of respect and support from the very Educational system of which we are a proud part.