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School business manager: Developing the role
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3.2 The Every Child Matters agenda

The government's vision for extended schools builds on the Every Child Matters (ECM) initiative. Click on the following links for more information Every Child Matters: Change for children in schools [accessed 26 January 2007]. It is founded on five outcomes:

  • Be healthy.

  • Be safe.

  • Enjoy and achieve.

  • Make a positive contribution (as a citizen).

  • Be employable.

In moving towards these five outcomes, our school is conscious of the thinking that lies behind them, including:

  • Opportunities for students are not always equal.

  • Occasionally individuals ‘fall through’ the gap between agencies.

  • Inappropriate/abusive behaviour, including problems with drugs and alcohol.

  • Children ‘in need’ of specialist support and the difficulties that can arise in obtaining such support.