TO Seamill for the primary headteachers' conference and a session by Ian Smith, the educational consultant whose company Learning Unlimited is much in demand.
Rattling through his spiel, Smith could barely conceal his disappointment at the resignation south of the border of Chris Woodhead, who has left OFSTED topeddle tough messages for teachers in the columns of the Daily Telegraph.
No sooner had the Woodhead name passed his lips than an almighty crash interrupted his flow. A photograph of a class in an English comprehensive crashed to the ground from an exhibition display. The snapper's company: H Tempest.