Sir Alan Steer, who headed the Government's inquiry into school discipline last year, is to be applauded for introducing a note of calm into the debate over the tragic killing of Kiyan Price, the 15-year-old knifed to death outside his school in Edgware, London. At a conference on behaviour, Sir Alan resisted the temptation to join the chorus in favour of introducing airport-style security checks in schools. Such a move could be counter-productive and destroy the warm ethos many schools have built up, he said. In any case, the incident took place outside the school gates, he pointed out. Well said, Sir Alan.