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Old 01-10-09, 08:39
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Default Tories consider splitting DCSF

"Sector leaders" have expressed alarm at the potential break-up of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) under a Tory government after it emerged the shadow children's secretary was in favour of an independent education department.

Tories consider splitting DCSF

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Michael Gove said "schools have lost their principal purpose and been saddled with a host of supplementary roles since the creation of the DCSF". He added: "What we do not have - and what we desperately need - is a department at the heart of government championing the cause of education."

Schools, he claimed, have become "less places of learning and more community hubs from which a host of services can be delivered".
Naturally the vultures don't like it as they've got fat on failed Labour policies. But the money is running out, thanks to that nasty big economic crisis, and cuts glorious cuts are coming.

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But Kim Bromley-Derry, president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, warned that central government must reflect councils' integrated approach to children's services. He said joined-up policy-making is vital to improving outcomes for children. "Services will always have the greatest impact when they are delivered coherently, consistently and through the pursuit of shared priorities identified at the highest level," he said.
Some of us don't share these "priorities", of course.

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Andrew Cozens, strategic adviser for children, adults and health services at the Improvement and Development Agency, said dismantling the DCSF would be a "backward step". "There is interplay between so many aspects of children's lives," he said. "It's very difficult to separate their needs at school from their wider family life."
Children's most basic needs at school (if parents send them there) are secondary to keeping the big monster machine running for its own benefit. Bullying is endemic and so is denial. And we all managed incredibly well without an Improvement and Development Agency in the past. Who needs it?

And wait up, here's our very own Select Committee chairman, Labour MP Barry Sheerman, with a predictable view on the matter
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"The principle behind the DCSF is a good one. I would just like to see a government that doesn't change departments or ministers so often."
Deferred gratification is overrated. I'd like to see Gordon's anti family army thrown out now and not have to wait until May.
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Blogdial adds his own observations: Tories dismantling the apparatus

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It is not the proper role of government to provide schools for people. Period. When ‘Kim Bromley-Derry’ talks about an ‘integrated approach’ to ‘children’s services’ what he is talking about is the replacement of the parent by the state and nothing less.
Plus some economic home truths.
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