I spend an awful lot of time looking at websites for boarding schools, websites about boarding schools and even websites for agencies that ‘place’ pupils in boarding schools. What surprises is me that there is never any mention whatsoever of any possible harmful effects of boarding. We sell cigarettes with health warnings on the label; when boarding schools are aggressively marketed overseas and at home should they not, even if it’s in tiny print, have to state that “some research shows boarding education can have harmful effects on children”? Is it really ok for the boarding school association to suggest simply that “boarding education can be a very cost-effective solution to the problem of busy parents and active, interested children” . And why, when research overwhelmingly points to the idea that the younger children are when they board, the more harmful it is, is it ok for this agency to say when boarders are shipped from overseas they believe its a case of “the earlier the better“?