I have worked in a secondary school for 12 years now and I have seen all sorts of 'government initiatives' come and go in relation to 'teaching and learning'. Many of them seem to be unevidenced and poorly thought out. What has saddened me in all that time is the number of children who reach us unable to read and unable to access the 'learning' envisaged in these initiatives. And the fact that no-one seems, until the present government, to have much idea what to do about this large 'tail' of children who cannot achieve anything because they lack the very basic skill which underpins all learning. I don't see how you can characterise the current government's actions to improve the teaching of reading as being those of a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'. A wolf in sheep's clothing has the intention of harming the sheep. The 'phonics' initiative is intended to benefit children, not harm them. I'm afraid that I don't see 'teacher inspiration' as the prime objective of education. I have this strange notion that education should benefit the children being educated. I also have the strange notion that teachers might be inspired by being able to teach all their pupils to read and access all the benefits that reading brings. I'm surprised that you don't seem to appreciate that before you can enjoy the benefits of reading you have to know how to read...Giving a child the gift of literacy has always seemed to me to be one of the most satisfying things a teacher can achieve. Michael Rosen is a brilliant author, but when it comes to phonics he is woefully ill informed. He should stick to talking of things he knows about, not parroting the objections of the anti-phonics lobby. P.S. I detest most of what the current government is doing to education.