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Personal development

Since the publication of the Every Child Matters framework, schools, health and social services, police and other services have been working together with families and children to put children at the heart of local services.

In 2007, building on this progress, the government created the Department for Children, Schools and Families , and drew up The Children’s Plan which puts the needs of children, young people and families at the heart of everything we do.

The Children’s Plan looked at all aspects of a child’s wellbeing – their safety and health, enjoyment and play, achieving their potential, and preparing for their future – and set out clear steps, building on a decade of reform, on how the Government and local services could support families as they strive to give their children the best possible start in life.

The White Paper 'Your child, your schools, our future: building a 21st century schools system'
outlines wider challenges to the curriculum.

The key expectations of the reforms are that schools will take the opportunity to:

  • ensure that all learners, whatever their ability, make the best progress possible and achieve the highest possible standards in subjects and qualifications

  • narrow the gaps in achievement and enable those not achieving age-related expectations to catch up with their peers

  • challenge gifted and talented young people so that they achieve their full potential and their progress is sustained and enhanced

  • make certain that all young people develop the skills and abilities needed for success in life and can apply them in a wide range of contexts.

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