Reading the Times leader on Saturday, reporting on the Good Schools' Guide and their comment on prep schools dying a slow, lingering death due to the ever improving state junior system and ever increasing costs, I wonder what other prep/junior school teachers' views are on this? Certainly, there has been a move to take at 11 into senior schools, though this is driven by market conditions. The state system has improved, but at what cost? Having regular contact with state primary heads, I see many subjects being sidelined with a focus on Maths and English dominating the curriculum, mainly in the morning, and headteachers constantly looking over their shoulders at Ofsted and the league tables. The Times article appeared to me to be inaccurate in many ways, especially as there appears to be a retention crisis in many state schools and salaries haven't risen that well, though the article seemed to suggest that all these had improved. I realise that it's open season for independent bashing, but are prep schools a dying breed?