Better education and training opportunities for young Londoners

Education is one of the most important elements in the future success of London. The Mayor recognises the importance of providing a good school place for every child and ensuring they have the skills, knowledge and creativity to succeed in life.

Two boys in a classroom

He is clear that by 2020 we must make our state schools amongst the best in the world if our young people are to grasp new economic opportunities in London and compete with the talent our city attracts from around the globe. This includes encouraging our pupils and students to study modern language and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, as well as ensuring that they apply for the best universities and apprenticeships.

These pages outline how the Mayor is taking forward his Education Inquiry's recommendations alongside many new and continuing GLA 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.

GLA education programme - delivery plan

The GLA published its education programme delivery plan in February 2013. This details how the Mayor will deliver on his acceptance of all the recommendations of his Education Inquiry. This included details of a new £24 million fund to help drive up standards in schools, as part of an overall £40 million Education and Youth Investment programme.

The delivery plan shows how the GLA will work with London schools, boroughs and others to help London to ‘go for gold’ – and move from achievement to excellence in London’s schooling.

Its main focus is on the substantial progress of the Mayor to deliver theme one - ‘Promoting teaching excellence in all London schools’ - particularly through the new London Schools Excellence Fund.

The Fund, part-funded by the Department for Education, will support activities to promote teaching excellence and raise achievement in English, literacy, numeracy and languages, as well as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Mayor’s response to Panel recommendations

The Panel made 12 recommendations to the Mayor in October 2012, which he accepted in full and said he would publish a GLA delivery plan in the New Year and immediately begin the task of implementing the report’s recommendations.

Read the Mayor’s response.

Education Inquiry Panel - key messages

The main themes of the Mayor’s Education Inquiry Panel’s final report were promoting teaching excellence, preparing young people for life and work in a global city and ensuring a good school place for every child.

The report acknowledges that London schools already perform better than the national average. However, it also makes clear that too many children still leave formal education without the basic skills in life to get a good job or go into further and higher education or training.

A summary and full report is available to download from the Mayor's Education Inquiry page.