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

Through the London Schools Excellence Fund, the Mayor of London is funding an exciting, new £500,000 programme to raise the aspirations and achievements of children living with foster families across the capital. 

London Fostering Achievement is being delivered by the charity The Fostering Network, working in partnership with Achievement for All 3As.

London Fostering Achievement will aim to develop the confidence and skills of London’s foster carers and support them to work with schools and help the children in their care to achieve the very best in their education. It will look to increase attainment, improve attendance and reduce exclusions amongst the children who are involved in the programme.

The programme will also work with teachers and schools to promote the important role of foster carers as ‘first educators’ of children in care and encourage everyone to work together to enable these children to succeed.

More than 2,000 foster carers and teaching staff across London will take part in the innovative and high quality training programme. Foster carers in five London boroughs and staff from 27 schools and nine virtual schools will receive more dedicated and focused support.

For more information on the project and details on how to get involved, please visit the London Fostering Achievement website.