It's quite simple. I would like each child to be taught appropriately to their needs. In whatever school they go to. If a comprehensive school can genuinely do this, so much the better. However, I've sat through 6 years so far of primary school, and seen their 'child centred learning', where they claim to be able to do precisely this sort of thing, and have watched them fail spectacularly when it comes to my son. Having tried to talk to them about it, (other highly educated parents have too, I might add) it seems there's a real philosophical problem here - they don't want to listen, because they don't want to hear that some children don't find their lessons stimulating enough. Because that might indicate that they are either not doing enough for those particular children, or even worse, that mixed ability teaching might really not satisfy the most able kids. That seems to be a 'does not compute' moment for many teachers these days. My initial investigations into secondary school have so far seemed to indicate 'more of the same'. My local comp tells me 'mixed ability is the only way', which runs completely counterintuiitively to my own instincts. I'm simply trying to get my son into a position in 7 years time where he can make a decent bash at that STEP paper. I'm struggling to see how wasting his time solving murder mysteries with basic arithmetic clues in year 7 is helping much to get him to integrate confidently by parts and with complex substitutions by year 13. Also, given the choice, I'd rather all the hardest stuff wasn't all crammed into after school lessons in years 11 and 13 because of lack of resources, but properly resourced to allow the bright kids to have a good shot at passing that FSMQ and STEP paper. Ideally, I'd llke the school to do this - that's, after all, what they're for. But if they don't 'rise to the challenge', as they frequently like to say, then certainly, I'm going to step in, and fill that gap. Because ultimately I don't want my son's education to suffer because of the latest political thinking and OFSTED inspection criteria. But I don't have to like being called on to act in this fashion. It wouldn't wash at the other end of the spectrum - struggling students being left to their the mercies of their parents to provide a decent education for them. So again, if 'every child matters', why is it OK for the bright ones to be left to their own devices at some schools?