Care at the core
What will make the difference? Schools, for one thing. The Children Bill is all about the inclusion of those who need extra help - from children in care to parents in difficulties. Early education and support through Sure Start - boosted in this week's Budget - is already making a difference. Its impact should soon be felt in schools.
Is there a conflict between the caring agenda and the standards agenda? No, they are one and the same. Only by raising the bar for all children will the Government actually reach its literacy and numeracy targets.