As a primary school teacher, I believe that schemes of work – used correctly – can liberate teachers and allow them to do what they do best – teach. However too often I’ve encountered the view that buying in a scheme of work is not a good idea. Criticisms include the notion that using a scheme of work is merely ‘rote teaching from a script’, or takes away a teacher’s autonomy.  I’d like to explain why I don’t think this is the case and how, in fact, using a scheme of work can actually release a teacher’s creativity rather than shackle it.