Bringing community services into school is a good idea. It should not be confined to areas of deprivation although it is perhaps in these that the greatest need for one-door services is found. There was a flurry of "community high school" building 20 years ago. It fell out of favour under the Conservatives, and negotiating conditions of service proved an obstacle.
Whatever the attraction of innovation and collaboration, changing long established practices is always hard. The Association of Directors of Social Work conference heard yet again last week of the need for education and social work to pull together. Optimistically, the co-operation to make a new community school effective may have lessons higher up the administrative ladder.