Hi, all Really sorry I haven't been able to keep up with this thread, but I thought you might like to know that the Open EYE petition is online at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/OpenEYE/. As one of the group involved with framing the petition, I've made a point of taking account of the concerns raised here. No mention is made of synthetic phonics (not that anyone suggested it should be - it REALLY isn't the issue!!!). We've tried to keep it simple and to the point, focusing on the four issues of potential disadvantage to children, lack of choice for parents, burden on practitioners, and the fact that according to recent evidence government intervention in education doesn't seem to be working. I hope even those who have raised concerns about the campaign or individuals involved with it will be able to sign. Merry Christmas, one and all!