Awkward teachers, pompous school governors and fearsome lollipop ladies occasionally make Gervase Phinn's hectic job as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales more than difficult. But for Gervase, the focus, and challenge, remains the frankly spoken children. However, the… new school year doesn't get off to the best start after a teacher intimates that Gervase has let him and his school down. Sequel to "Up and down in the dales". 2008.