The Government has firmly nailed progressive colours to the mast of school indiscipline by announcing a new initiative which will strengthen the trend towards the use of praise and rewards.
Raymond Robertson, the Education Minister, unexpectedly revealed this week that education authorities are to be invited to bid for Pounds 160,000 to help pilot new approaches to promoting good behaviour.
But the Educational Institute of Scotland dismissed the cash as "a drop in the ocean". Ken Wimbor, the union's assistant secretary, commented: "The question arises if the funding will be there to deliver something at the end of the day.
An initial Pounds 60,000 will be available in the current financial year for projects in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. A further Pounds 100, 000 will then be open to tenders from throughout Scotland.