As I travel around schools I am so struck by the intense busyness. It sometimes seems like it is demand after demand or problem after problem. This makes staff busy and brow beaten after only a short time in the school day. This is grieving to observe. Somehow the privilege of what it means to move a child from one place to another in their capabilities and competence has been lost and schools are now simply reacting to one event after another. My heart cry to teachers, when I talk to them, is to allow themselves time to remember why they came in to the profession. I am yet to meet somebody who didn’t come in to teaching without the hope of making a difference in the lives of young people. Having been a teacher I know how hard it is, but I would encourage schools to at least push the fundamentals to the forefront of any staff meetings or forums and this can act as a real inspiration for good practice.