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Where's the fun in being constructive?

"DON'T forget the fun" is one of the messages to ministers consulting on a new "joined-up" strategy on children and young people.

Play should not have to be "constructive" and children should enjoy leisure pursuits for their own sake, the National Union of Teachers maintains.

The NUT - responding to proposals from the children and young people's unit - said it welcomes the strategy's commitment to "joined-up" services for youngsters.

But it warns against using "narrow and distorting measures of success", such as exam and test results.

The Government spends pound;40 billion a year on services for children and young people, provided by teachers, childcare workers, social and youth workers. Consultations on the strategy closed today.

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