Full marks to John Peckham, head teacher of Bramhall School Greater Manchester, for being a bit of a sissy girl when it comes to health and safety.
He has decided that the wearing of real ties by his pupils is way too dangerous, so he has banned his pupils from wearing knotted ties because he says they could pose a safety risk.
Clip-on ties, like those worn by police officers, are now the order of that day at Bramhall High School in Stockport.
Precisely how many thousands of children die each year because their tie strangles them?
Learning to tie your own tie is one of life's great benchmarks, taking you from dribbling infant to fully fledged sprog.