The early years TES petition was never undertaken in a complete way. Although I headed up the petition, I did not support it hammer and tongs as I have been so very busy and preoccupied with other work. I did speak with TES journalists. There were moves to get into the hard copy of TES. Indeed, a photographer commissioned by TES came round to the school where I work part time and took a huge number of photos to support a promised piece in the TES - but the piece never happened. My 'notion' was that it would spread via the TES itself as there was some initial interest from the TES people and it certainly, in my view, should have been considered newsworthy. At that time also, there was coverage of the, then, new EYFS guidance by Teachers TV and figures like Nick Gibb went on record saying how ludicrous the tick-box regime for littlies was etc. In effect, I was waiting for it to spread via the educational media but I didn't work hard at promoting it. I, and some others, drew attention to it direct to MPs and ministers. For example, I emailed Andrew Adonis and Ed Balls about it and also heard from Beverley Hughes. Perhaps if I was more determined to make inroads, I could have (as could others) if we had more time and energy to do so. Much of last year I devoted to writing my online phonics programme and time was of a minimum. This year, we shall have to see! I don't mind being a spokesperson over issues of interest to me, but I do feel that other people have to play their part and become actively involved as well. It's no good representing people who themselves are not sufficiently interested to contribute and agitate in their settings. People who know of me will notice that I am always encouraging 'others' to be pro-active. Otherwise, is one really representing the views of others - or just promoting one's own views with a little bit of general stirring up?