It was a pleasure to be back in South Ayrshire yesterday, delivering an in-service workshop on Curriculum for Excellence and the new Literacy and English Framework to secondary English teachers. Having taught English for over thirty years, thirteen of them as a principal teacher, it was good meet up with some colleagues I hadn’t seen for a long time, and to see the enthusiasm for learning and teaching despite the challenges of the job. I may be completely misjudging the situation but I would say they are tired of a system which is obsessed with exam results and are ready for change. As the Cabinet Secretary has said on numerous occasions, the quality of our teachers is a strength of the Scottish system. We need to capitalise on that by providing strong leadership and creating the conditions in which they can flourish.