Although admitting that no case against a Scottish council has yet been successful, she made it clear that legal remedies ought to be pursued, if for no other reason than forcing greater vigilance on schools. A voice for the consumer Ms McFarlane may be, but the education profession united to condemn her approach. A director of children's services (David Cameron), a psychologist (Alan McLean) and a former headteacher turned academic (Brian Boyd) united in continuing the search for solutions within good school practice.
Their counsel, along with the approach of the Anti-Bullying Network, may be wise. But will parents, frustrated in their complaints, increasingly listen to statute-citing solicitors? We know which side the daily media would be on. Meanwhile, the Anti-Bullying Network faces the end of its Executive funding. Teachers still want its advice and support for patient day-to-day work, out of the headlines and the clutches of lawyers.