There are already many things that are quicker or cheaper to do online. The government looks set add another reason for being online at home by introducing more up to date reports on a child's school progress that will be available online. BBC News Online has examined some of the positive and negative aspects of the proposals.
One of the biggest problems with pushing information like this online is that it would potentially exclude families that do not have a computer or internet access at home. To some extent this can be taken care of by making the reports accessible through mobile phones, or the interactive elements of TV platforms such as Sky satellite and Virgin Media cable services.
It appears the government is in discussion with computer suppliers to provide cheap computers, but for some this will be a waste as they won't be able to use broadband due to coverage problems or perhaps not even having a fixed telephone line. What some may not realise is that low price telephone schemes such as 'incoming calls only' and 'light user' preclude people from ordering any form of ADSL including BT IPStream or LLU.