Indeed, the flurry of worry was what I needed and I've focussed on what more I need to do, and the inspection can come along next week and I'll be fine. I've noted down what I still need to check on and will have a meeting with the head on Friday and quiz him, and also give him some robust encouragement. I'm feeling okay.
The cup and saucer that the Sage and I both liked best went for a startlingly high sum. The Sage bid well, but wasn't going to pay £3,000 (plus commission and VAT on that, blimey, I make that £3,720!!!!!) for a 230-year-old cup and saucer - assuming that he wasn't outbid at that. He bid up to two and a half, he says. He bought a lustre jug, which we both liked, and a couple of late Lowestoft teabowls, or maybe a bowl and a coffee cup, can't remember, both of which he has a saucer to match up with. So, not what we'd have liked but he hasn't spent a lot and isn't empty handed. He'll be back in an hour or so ... which reminds me, roast potatoes into the oven in a few minutes.
After our meeting with some Local Authority people, the Head asked if I'd be free to join him in a mock interview with a PGCE student who has an interview the day after tomorrow for her first job as a teacher. As we discussed what to ask her - really tricky questions, we tried to cover all the bases - I reminded him of a question I'd asked him, as a supplementary in his final interview, when he was appointed. "You still remember it, evidently it mattered," he said resignedly. "You didn't quite get me either, I let you get away with it," I said. I had to remind him. Ahem.
Okay. So, this was, more or less, the question, and I'd only have asked it of someone I was seriously considering giving the job to. It was at the final, no holds barred interview and I only asked it of him. "If you had a clever, quiet, student, disengaged, who did the work but you didn't feel you were really getting through to him/her, what would you do to engage him/her in all that the school had to offer?"
The best answer will win a prize if it's worth it. In fact, I've finally, and largely due to Diana's interview this afternoon (she was really good and I hope she gets the job she wants) worked myself into the mind of the young Z.