Yet the efforts of other local authorities to provide such opportunities have been derisory. Ministers give speeches but the Government has failed to act.
If ‘fair play’ is to mean anything, then it is vital that legal redress is available to all – regardless of income or background.
They need time and resources spent on preparing them for employment and for life – and for their Government to adapt as quickly as they are doing.
The stellar success of the London Academy of Excellence, supported by six independent schools, shows just some of what we can achieve by co-operating.
As so many elections have shown in the past, both the main parties only win elections when they move into the centre.
Previously the parks were neglected and the roads full of potholes. The Conservatives have started to turn the borough around.
Earlier this month, however, when it emerged that another rape gang had been operating with impunity, this time in Telford, the silence was deafening.
Large companies should be required to offer paternity leave on the same basis as maternity leave. Families should have the choice of who should stay home.
£750,000 is allocated for “mother tongue teaching”. Yet there is almost no budget for English as a spoken language for non-English-speaking parents.
In practice, children in Wandsworth will still be allowed to climb trees in local parks. It is a mistake for local authorities to adopt rules which suggest otherwise.
Once the State starts monitoring the counter-cultural Christian opinions, it could be your voluntary group next for thought-policing.
Well, at least more people than previously now know he is Minister for Children and Families. What should be in his in-tray?
The problem starts before children enter primary school – maintaining healthy lifestyles at home is not just about education but also ensuring that cookery skills and utensils are available.
High educational standards are essential, but the most disadvantaged children also need help with workplace skills and social capital.
We need to train more teachers if the Government is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.