I have been working in a school in Rome for a number of years. The current class assigned to me comprises twenty 7-year-old children. The school timetable is organized around eight hours a day of work and play. I teach on alternate mornings and afternoons, four hours at a time, sharing the day with Anna, a colleague of mine. We do not work at weekends. A relationship of mutual esteem and friendship has developed between Anna and I. This has been partly facilitated by Anna and I attending a Tavistock-based course in Rome. Although Anna teaches Italian and I mathematics, we adopt similar values in our teaching approaches.