Meetings take up an enormous amount of time for most professional people; teachers are no exception. A survey of executives showed that around 70 per cent of them felt that meetings were a waste of time and that around 70 per cent of them had had no training in meetings skills. Teachers would probably produce similar results if they were surveyed. Meetings can become an incredible drain on your already inadequate supply of time without necessarily producing a worthwhile return on your investment. In commercial terms, every minute the salesperson is not selling, because they are in a meeting of some sort, is potentially lost revenue to the company. In teaching, every minute spent in an unproductive meeting is potentially an opportunity lost to do something to enhance the standards of learning of your pupils. Consequently, you should judge the value of projected meetings by the impact they are likely to have on standards within your classroom. That is not to say that we do not need meetings in education; they are an important part of working life. What we do need is to ensure that meetings actually achieve what they set out to achieve and that they do something to help pupils to learn.