It is, after all, those at the chalk-face
who are most likely to effect change.
A survey of NUT members in Wales found many at the chalk-face
unconvinced of the merits of the tests and questioning whether putting pupils as young as seven under such pressure is even worthwhile if not downright counter-productive.
I would suggest than anyone who believes this should join the teaching profession and get some experience at the chalk-face
"Teachers are at the chalk-face
doing the best they can to raise standards," Coun Jones, a former Llanrumney High pupil himself, said.
And what a stunning example of the type of daily nonsense our teachers have to put up with at the chalk-face
on any given day.
Here in Huddersfield, look out for Hull Truck, back again in the same month with John Godber's tales of life at the chalk-face
in Teechers or what could be one of the real aah factor shows of the season, The Butterfly Lion.
You have to show the difference you're making - on the ground, in the wards, at the chalk-face
Her skills, she reminded members, were honed at the chalk-face
, rather than the council chamber, guiding unruly infants towards an education.
"Having 100 per cent control of the money means we actually put it up at the chalk-face
," said Roger Hancock, chairman of the governors.
During his career he has taught five students who have gone on to work alongside him at the chalk-face
and 10 of his students went on to become lecturers.
I certainly feel more comfortable at the chalk-face
than talking party policies.
I've always worked at the chalk-face
and as such have always thought leaders were at the top, rather than within an organisation.'
Over the past fortnight the unions have discussed the problems facing the profession, with each union giving their own point of view on life at the chalk-face