Schools may be offered financial incentives

    Schools may be offered financial incentives to get them to take
    on vulnerable pupils in the future, MPs heard today,
    writes Amy Taylor from the Every Child Matters


    Children’s minister Margaret Hodge told the Education and
    Skills Committee Inquiry into the planned reforms of children
    services that financial incentives were a possibility but that she
    hoped they would not be necessary.

    Hodge rejected arguments that the government’s inclusion
    agenda for schools conflicted with schools’ wishes for pupils
    to obtain high academic standards. She said that children would
    only be able to reach these if their needs in the other parts of
    their lives were met. “The Every Child Matters agenda is an
    integrated part of the standards agenda,” she said.

    Hodge went on to tell ministers that rumours that the
    children’s information-sharing databases would cost £1
    billion were wildly wide off the mark. She said that estimates
    suggested that the actual figure would be in the “very very
    low hundreds of millions”.

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