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Our vision

Making London a world leader in education

Young person

In June 2013, the Mayor published his 2020 Vision: The Greatest City on Earth.  This set out the Mayor’s ambition to make London the best place in the world to work, live, play, study, invest, and do business.  It identified the importance of education and skills in realising his aspiration to lengthen London’s lead as the financial, commercial, cultural, artistic, media, educational, scientific and innovation capital of the world.  Education and skills are essential building blocks for economic prosperity and growth.

Today’s young Londoners are the city’s future. They are the future workers, business leaders and entrepreneurs on whose skills and capabilities future economic growth depends. To ensure global competitiveness, we need London’s school, college and university leavers to be smart, knowledgeable, innovative and determined. 

To achieve this, there are two fundamental requirements.  The first requirement is excellent education delivered by knowledgeable and inspiring teachers to support every child in achieving his or her potential.  The second essential requirement is children and young people who are motivated and engaged; who are secure and resilient to life’s challenges and so are able to participate effectively in the education offered to them. 

The GLA works strategically with partners across the London area to share and encourage best practice in education and youth, disseminating knowledge, convening discussion and supporting efficiency and collaboration to ensure that everybody working in education and youth provision in London can learn from each other and achieve the best possible outcomes for London’s young people.

These pages outline how the Mayor is taking forward his Education Inquiry's recommendations alongside many new, and continuing, GLA Education Programmes and initiatives for young Londoners. Some of these are school-based, while others relate to supporting young people into training and the job market.