The BBC is reporting that David Cameron has promised an “all-out assault on poverty” with a series of social reforms to include mentoring schemes for pupils at risk of dropping out of school.
Extract from David Cameron’s speech (from gov.uk)
..Mr Cameron defended controversial education reforms, and praised “Tiger Mothers” who pushed children to succeed.
It was “the precise opposite of the ‘all must have prizes’ culture”, he said, insisting that “children thrive on high expectation”.
Setting out what he called a “lifecycle approach” at the charity Family Action in north London, Mr Cameron said many people now experienced “paucity of opportunity” rather than material poverty – although he acknowledged some of the latter did still exist.
Reforms would focus on four key areas – family life and early years; education; equal opportunity; and treatable problems such as mental health and addiction.
Improving family life was “the best anti-poverty measure ever”, he said, promising to double funding for relationship counselling to £70m over the next five years…
..On improving opportunities for all, he promised £70m for a mentoring scheme targeting pupils at risk of dropping out of school, and plans to spend £140m to tear down “brutal” housing estates in England which he said “design crime in, rather than design crime out”.
Mr Cameron also used his speech to promise action on “treatable problems”, including mental illnesses and addiction…
Calling for a “more mature” conversation about mental health, he said new mothers and teenagers with anorexia would be among those to benefit from £1bn extra cash that was allocated in the Autumn Statement…
Read David Cameron’s speech in full at: Prime Minister’s speech on life chances
See more on the mentoring initiative directly from the DfE at: Prime minister to announce new generation of mentors to help struggling teens
What do you make, in particular, of the education related initiatives and in this announcement from the prime minister?
And what of his comments on pushy parents and high expectations?
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