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Joint Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Education


·         Joint Deputy Leader of the Council

·         Overarching management of education

·         Leading on the planning, development and expansion of the schools estate

·         Raising standards at each key stage in schools, especially GCSE KS4, and minimising the impact of austerity on educational outcomes

·         Championing fair access and leading on strategic schools’ issues

·         Responsibility for Smart Centre (PRU) and exclusions and improving transitions into mainstream education, work and training.

·         Governor training and support

·         Leading across the 14-19 agenda including skills

·         Covering the full statutory role as lead member for Children

·         Development of the Children’s Trust

·         Children’s care services and disabled children, including SEND

·         Early years and childcare, extended schools and children’s centres

·         Leading on improvement in youth services. Responsible for youth justice, and engaging young people in the life of the community e.g. Youth Parliament

·         Corporate parenting and ensuring our looked after children succeed

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

·         Supporting families to stay together wherever appropriate, and promoting security and stability when children do come into our care

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

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