So, our charismatic Mr Gove, Minister of Education, recommends our young, fragile pupils should be imprisoned within the square confines of our classrooms for 10 hours a day.
Maybe the French do the same. I suggest another option – the German one. Yes! They start earlier, at 8am. No meaningless time-wasting assemblies. The first lesson teacher does the register for the class. Most lessons are finished by lunchtime. Pupils and teachers are free to go home – pupils for homework and revision, teachers to mark, prepare lessons etc. German pupils, and throughout the Continent, can speak some English. We, with few exceptions, speak no European languages at all!