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New Director of Children's Services appointed

Cornwall Council has appointed Meredith Teasdale as the Strategic Director for Children, Schools and Families, Together for Families, succeeding Trevor Doughty who is to become the Director of Children’s Services for the Local Government Association.

Meredith joins Cornwall Council from her previous role as Director of Education and Skills for the City of Wolverhampton Council, where she worked in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, the West Midlands Combined Authority and businesses to increase uptake in employment particularly focusing on vulnerable people including youth offenders, the homeless and adults with learning disabilities.

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Meredith said:  “What Trevor and his team have created for the children of Cornwall is a strong practice driven system, which has resulted in children’s services in Cornwall being graded as ‘outstanding’  in the most recent Ofsted inspection.  The foundations of outstanding practice are strong and well embedded.

“I am a firm believer that there is no end point to improving children’s services and I have inherited an extremely hard working and dedicated team, who are focussed on one thing; improving the outcomes for children in Cornwall.”

Meredith has also established joint commissioning arrangements with the Clinical Commissioning Group focused on delivering their Special Education Needs and Disability strategy, led a £40m schools capital programme and commissioned a City Learning Quarter to improve post-16 attainment and deliver regeneration.

In Wolverhampton working with Schools, Meredith ensured 5000 more children attended good or outstanding schools and educational attainment improved especially for children and young people from disadvantaged background.  This was in conjunction with a drive to improve families’ job opportunities, housing provision and access to lifelong learning.