'Every Child Matters: Change for Children' recognises that pupil performance and well-being go hand in hand: pupils can’t learn if they don’t feel safe or if health problems are allowed to create barriers and doing well in education is the most effective route for young people out of poverty and disaffection.

The policy encourages schools to offer a range of extended services to help pupils engage, achieve and build stronger relationships with parents and the wider community. The policy also supports closer collaboration between schools and specialist services to ensure early identification and effective support for pupils with additional needs.

This thinking is not new for many schools which already contribute to pupils’ wider well-being. New inspection arrangements currently under discussion in Parliament will cover a school’s contribution to the five outcomes.

Success depends on local services working together so that it is easier for pupils with complex needs to access the multi-agency support they require.

The Government is looking to all schools, over time, to provide a core offer of child care and extended services, such as breakfast and after-school clubs, either on site or across a cluster of local schools and providers. It will continue to work with the signatories to the national workforce remodelling agreement on developing extended services in schools: there is no intention to create additional burdens for school leaders or other staff.

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  • Improving outcomes for children and young people
  • Fulfilling potential regardless of background
  • Success depends on services working together
  • Next steps
  • Workforce implications
  • Further information