Taking your primary school darling off to wander big, big school corridors? How did it feel for you? Al Coates was armed and ready but took a moment to see it through the eyes of a child. Niki, Education Editor

In a moment of spare thought I realised that if Peanut stays in education until she’s 18 I will have been taking my children to school for 31 consecutive years. I suddenly felt very very tired. In all honesty I find education an alien world where I’m constantly feeling disempowered, that might be my insecurity, that might be an interesting essay on power dynamics, systems and knowledge.

Anyway, that’s not what I’m blogging about.

We went a looking for a comprehensive school this week, Year 6 is halfway through and we’re dithering about looking for blasted schools to move Flossy to for year 7. I put my best pants on and brought my Social Work man bag with me for comfort. I know the drill, you pick the staff not the school and had my radar set to scan.

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