My mind runs back to something the UK, including a distinctive Scottish element, had not that long ago, valuable in promoting aspiration and valued when in most instances a school achieved fulfilment of its strivings. Something that was scuppered when the previous Government found itself unable to make available the modest few thousands a year required.
I refer to the National Curriculum Award Scheme. Such "staffing" as was needed was willingly or voluntarily given, with some local authority help and by a cadre of very recently retired headteachers and regional education officers. Submissions from schools were made and a day or a half-day visit made. The entire group of assessors met a for a day and a bit, keenly surveying reports.
For the successful schools the reward was a trip, with all others so recognised, from all over the UK to the Barbican in London - memorable for both teachers and pupils. Against the current assortment of ministerial and inspectorial menacings, I suggest, to echo Mr Punch's words, 'at's the way to do it.
John Taylor Woodlands Grove, Kilmarnock