Well. Where should I start? How's about at the beginning?
This morning my HoD, the lovely Rachel was being observed - as part of her training - by the ejit known as our Head. The observation was of an A level lesson. Alongside the head was a visitor from the LEA who is also taking part in this management training.
Bear in mind that Rachel has to teach 2 Lower 6th pupils in a tiny practice room the size of a large toilet cubicle, which also houses from time to time a drumkit, a double bass and various keyboards. One student plays violin and the other is a pianist and Rachel is a flautist. At this time of year they are rehearsing for the practical exam, which is next week.
On the other side of this non-soundproofed wall is yours truly in a room that used to be a 6th form teaching room now over-filled by 26 large Y9 pupils doing film music on a variety of keyboards and percussion instruments with me helping by 'playing' loudly on the piano with boxing gloves. We do not use headphones with the keyboards because it takes too long setting them and the keyboards up.
We also have to have the doors open because it gets unhealthily hot in the classroom.
Apparently the head was expecting Rachel to move one of the other teachers out of their room so she could accommodate the stupid man. That was his first mistake. The second was in thinking that I would not take the greeatest of pleasure in embarrassing the little sod by announcing in a loud voice that "But it's like this all the time headmaster. Sometimes we even have to watch out for health and safety inspectors when we have wires..." At that point he had hurried the LEA woman into the room. I'm sure you can tell I was enjoying this.
Apparently he was further disgruntled when Rachel decided that the lesson would move into the drama area so the students could breathe while rehearsing, because he had to stand so they could get the door open.
Two of my afternoon Y9s unfortunately took the gloss off the proceedings for me by deciding to have a fight in my lesson after dinner. One ****** nose and some swearing later I ended up having to drag them apart and send for the acting head. This man is described in the staffroom as "the best head the school has never had" and with good reason. Sadly, he's retiring next year. I'll miss him.
Why am I telling you all this? I've got to tell someone. I've never had this much excitement in one day before.