Ok. So I'm beginning to wonder what IS going on in the nation's Primary Schools these days. It is wonderful to see so many young people making the sacrifices and giving up spending time with their families, their friends, their pets to join the 'ancient masters' of the profession. (Can we still call it a profession - it seems teaching has recently been de-professionalised.) BUT what of these 'ancient masters' I ask myself. As a young teaching 'pup' I hung on every word, every moment I spent with my 'ancient masters', learning the craft. I still remember the advice I was given , the bread and butter resources I made which every teacher still needs, how the masters handled behaviour (as if we can compare behaviour problems in the old days to those teachers experience now), etc. What I see in schools as I visit is worrying - deeply worrying. I see fewer and fewer 'ancient masters' and more 'pups'. If schools employ mostly younger staff, from whom do they learn the craft, reinforcing the learning they have done in our colleges? Who will they go to for advice? Who will they watch teaching as good models? Whilst the younger people come with enthusiasm, energy, new ideas, knowledge of technology, etc. we must not discard the more experienced masters. Why is this happening? Are the old masters not so popular, too dated, unable to learn new tricks?