One of the fathers of a child in Master A’s class has run off with his daughter’s piano teacher.

According to gossip at the school gate the affair started a little over a year ago when his daughter took up the musical instrument. Under the ruse of wanting his daughter to complete her Grade One within the year, the father increased the child’s lessons from one to three times per week all the while giving him the opportunity to tinkle the tutor’s ivories.

The dad has now quit the family home, leaving behind two children, aged seven and nine, and a shell-shocked wife, and moved in with the music teacher.

His son is a friend of Master A’s and appears to be taking the break-up in his stride – even making a joke that his father is like Henry VIII. Apparently a wedding date has already been set, making this third time lucky for the dad although I’m not sure it’s looking too good for his intended.

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This latest family break-up takes the total of Master A’s classmates who now come from divided homes or raised by single parents to more than half.

I wonder what Prime Minister David Cameron would make of it all, especially with his recently announced £70million investment in relationship counselling to help prevent hundreds of thousands of families splitting up.

I’m sure he would feel vindicated in his doubling of the existing funding that is expected to help more couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, and will train more professional counsellors to help prevent family breakdown.

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I think it’s a waste of money, a headline grabbing story, and simply another example of a “nanny state” approach to the private lives of families.

The mum involved in this break-up is incredibly hard-working, independent and private and she, like most of the parents I know, only wants the best for her children.

She doesn’t need a state-funded counsellor telling her how important the family unit is – she already knows. The father does, too.

Working Mum, waiting at the gates for the next twist in the tale.