Counting cost of kids.
SCHOOLS in England are being told to limit the amount parents have to pay for things like uniforms and trips out.
Well, about time.
The amount mums and dads spend on school costs sometimes seems extortionate, especially, as figures show, it has increased by 4% in five years.
If you have a couple of kids in school that's painful enough; if you have three or four, it must be crippling and even more so in these straightened economic times.
And although I'd generally support getting kids out of the classroom and into the real world to help with their learning I do sometimes question just how educational some of these trips really are.
I mean, can you really practise your French verbs while skiing down a mountain in the Alps?
Still, I wouldn't advocate a return to my schooldays.
The highlight of my school trip career was a week in a draughty dorm at Colomendy.