In Scotland, the opportunities presented by integrated community schools will hopefully inspire a more imaginative approach. But missionary work still needs to be done judging by the objection of the local branch of the Educational Institute of Scotland last week to West Dunbartonshire restyling its former education committee as a children's services committee.
The Treasury is unlikely to match Nordic tax levels and the "clutter of occupations" will continue to militate against integration. Given these limitations, the Executive should at least explore the notion of piloting alternative strategies. Glasgow is dipping its toe in the waters with pre-12 campuses and learning communities, tackling transition points at the ages of five and 12. A small amount of pump-priming cash might pay dividends.