A humble and wholly independent parser of data, the Fischer Family Trust has been managing the National Pupil Database since 2004, a role giving it considerable power to homogenise pupil expectations. It has now set itself up as a think tank. Here is one of its more amusing thoughts: Should we stop handwriting essays at school? 'We should be careful about generalising beyond our small sample and the domain of creative writing for now, but surely it’s time to take a close look at whether we can allow the word processor more often into the classroom.' (EducationDataLab.org.uk, 9th September 2015.) Readers will recall that the Fischer Family Trust was set up by the co-founder of Research Machines.