Yes, but even if it was possible to set up a separate Scottish Primary Teachers' Association from scratch, would that really address the issue? The EIS currently dominates national negotiations on pay and conditions of service so that even a well established union like the SSTA has a limited say on the outcome. A newly formed, separate primary teachers' association is unlikely to gain sufficient members, in the early stages, to challenge that dominance, particularly if you consider the current inertia within the teaching profession as a whole. There is also the danger that education will be viewed as two distinct experiences - ie that which takes place between the ages of 3 and 11 years and that which takes place from 12 to 18, thus reinforcing the 'great educational divide'. Education should be a continuous process, for the benefit of the pupils. Whilst separate sections for the primary and secondary sectors could prove beneficial when pursuing sector-specific issues, it is also important that the status of the profession, as a whole, is maintained. Let's not forget that there are still some teachers in Scottish Education who believe that secondary teachers should be paid more than primary teachers and, no doubt, they would welcome and, perhaps even encourage, the setting up of a separate primary teachers' association. What we need is genuine, healthy competition to the dominance of the EIS and that is not going to be achieved by fragmenting the profession into smaller associations. Of course, there is an alternative. All the teaching unions could almagamate into one union and have genuine, democratic debate from within to ensure the rights of all teachers, primary and secondary, permanent and supply, are protected. As has already been suggested, it could be called the Scottish Teachers' Association.