Schools Excellence Fund

We believe London is a world class city and its young people deserve a world class education.

Children working in school

The Mayor’s Education Inquiry identified a knowledge gap around academic disciplines in London schools. Research shows that improving the quality of teaching is the best way to improve children’s attainment at school and can help narrow the gap in learning outcomes. The London Schools Excellence Fund was set up to address this issue.

Over 100 projects have been awarded funding. Teachers from schools in every London borough are taking part. Thirteen thousand teachers are to benefit from the programme and over 830 schools will be involved in year one.

Teachers will be able to work with universities, subject experts and professional subject associations to refresh their subject knowledge and develop their classroom teaching. The activities will enhance teachers’ subject knowledge in the priority subjects of English, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, physics and modern and ancient languages, plus support for other EBacc subjects at primary and secondary schools.

The projects are listed alphabetically by subject area in the pdfs at the foot of the page.

The fund is part of the Mayor’s Education Programme and will, alongside the London Schools Gold Club and London Curriculum, boost standards in the capital’s schools. It has been established with £20 million from the Department for Education and £4.25 million from the Greater London Authority. A further £1.5 million has been awarded from the European Integration Fund (EIF) towards the £2 million programme English: The Key to Integration. 

Round 3 – Children in Care

As part of Round 3 of the London Schools Excellence Fund the GLA is looking to fund a targeted project of up to a maximum of £500,000 to deliver a pan London project to improve the educational attainment of children in care.

The aim of the project is to improve the ability of foster carers to meaningfully engage with schools and the education of children in their care to raise the educational outcomes of children in care of London authorities and attending education settings in London.

The deadline for applications has now closed. We will publish details of the successful provider and further project details in July 2014.