Hodge: no conflict between social care and education agendas

    Children’s minister Margaret Hodge has written to chief
    executives and directors of social services stating there in no
    contradiction between the children’s green paper agenda and
    school standards, writes Amy Taylor.

    Hodge said the letter aimed to “set the record
    straight”. Some fear the government emphasis on raising
    school standards could undermine proposals in the green paper for
    schools to take a more inclusive approach to teaching disadvantaged
    children. 

    Hodge said that the five coordinating principles in the
    government’s five-year education strategy: personalisation,
    workforce development, independence for frontline staff,
    partnerships and opening up services to new providers, had already
    helped to address concerns about a “possible tension”
    between the two agendas.

    “Higher educational achievement and the wider concept of
    wellbeing go hand in hand in achieving better outcomes for
    children,” she said.

    Hodge concluded that headteachers and teachers knew that in
    order to get to high levels of achievement they needed to tackle
    the barriers to learning.

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