No time for all-year school
Laugh it off at your peril: Mortimer is also a government adviser, and assertions of improved attendance and more individualised education hit current New Labour buttons. Though some teachers might welcome flexi-time - hundreds use the TES chatrooms on Christmas day - who'd want to teach boys during the FA cup final? (Assuming anyone turned up.) What about the effect on staff's and pupils' families? What about working parents with a 12-year-old at home on Mondays? And what about children's out-of-school interests - sport, music, church, whatever - which tend to be organised at weekends?
Government, please note: there's more to childhood than schooling.