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Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Education


·         Responsible for the safety and care of children during the Coronavirus outbreak, both in and out of school

·         Overall responsibility for tackling child poverty, and minimising the effects of austerity on children

·         Covering the full statutory role as lead member for Children

·         Overarching management of education, and on the planning, development and expansion of the schools estate

·         Raising standards at each key stage in schools

·         Championing fair access and leading on work bridging the gap in Merton’s schools provision

·         Development of the Children’s Trust

·         Leading on improvement in youth services. Responsible for youth justice, and engaging young people

·         Corporate parenting and ensuring our looked after children succeed

·         Strong safeguarding through Local Safeguarding Children’s Board partnership.

·         Joint responsibility for Merton’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy

·         Responsibility for Smart Centre (PRU) and exclusions.

·         Governor training and support

·         Leading across the 14-19 agenda including skills, and improving the scope of the adult education service

·         Improving transitions for those previously excluded from education into mainstream education, work and training.

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