Our first of termly parent consultations. Once again I repeat myself (same class as last year). Once again I get the nods and glazed expressions. Once again I repeat the need to practise spellings and times tables. Once again I suggest fun activities, independent ways of practising and fun websites. Once again I hear the words, "what can I do at home?". Once again I mention behaviour and get the reply, "oh yes he's like that at home it drives me mad." or "I was the same at school." Once again I explain the higher expectations of the new curriculum. Once again I explain that the expectations for the term are sent home in different books. Once again I tell them how to access the new curriculum on the web or the school website. Once again I tell them that their children need to become more responsible for their own learning and behaviour (as I see them carrying their children's bags out of the room .) Once again I go home late, think I have wasted my time and complete my normal end of day work 2 hours later than normal. What is the point?