Schools to ignore children’s trusts

A report claiming that the vast majority of schools in England will
not become involved in children’s trusts has led to renewed calls
for schools to be forced to co-operate to improve children’s

An evaluation of eight pathfinder children’s trust areas finds that
90 per cent of schools do not plan to become involved in the

Stephen Meek, programme director for children and young people at
the Local Government Association, said the findings added weight to
the LGA’s call for the duty to co-operate to improve children’s
well-being, contained in the Children Act 2004, to be placed on

The study, commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills,
also finds that fewer than half of head teachers had heard of
children’s trusts.

But Rona Tutt, immediate past president of the National Association
of Head Teachers, said heads were well aware of the Every Child
Matters agenda.

National Evaluation of Children’s Trusts, Phase 1 Report

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