De Souza embarks on children’s commissioner role vowing to “listen to sector”

Dame Rachel De Souza has vowed to “take responsibility for the future of children” as she takes on the role of children’s commissioner for England.

Stepping up for her six-year tenure as children’s tsar on1 March, De Souza, a former head teacher and founder of a multi academy schools trust, warns that “children’s futures are on the line” due to the Covid-19 pandemic, government funding cuts and rising poverty. “In terms of economic, social and cultural shocks – in terms of deaths – this is a post-war generation in all but name,” she says in a blog marking her first message as children’s commissioner.

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