BBC LINK Well, well. Looks like there's some common sense at the chalkface after all. No surprise that the NUT is dead against it. From a personal perspective, we see young people coming to Uni badly prepared for study; they have little or no practical experience in shifting for themselves and getting them to focus on studies is a real chore for the academic staff. Bear in mind that we're a highly selective institution and I can only imagine the problems those lower down the food chain experience. One thing I was surprised at was the objections amongst Primary School teachers. Surely those pupils are the very ones least susceptible to reasoned explanation and most in need of a hard line. As the twig is bent, and so forth.