London Schools Excellence Fund

An education on the Mayor’s Education Programme

24 November 2015

This meeting took place on 25 November 2016. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here.

The Mayor launched his Education Programme in 2012, which included a London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) of £20 million from the Department for Education (DfE) and £4.25 million from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

The London Assembly Education Panel will tomorrow question Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, about the success of the Mayor’s Education Programme.  What has the Programme achieved?  Can the Programme demonstrate value for money?

The Committee will also question what the GLA is doing to increase the number of school places in London, asking what progress has been made in identifying ten sites for free schools in the capital.

Dr Tim Coulson, Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for East of England and North-East London will be questioned about the role of RCSs and the Government proposals for them to have powers to force schools to become academies without parent consultation.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 25 November from 2:30pm in the Chamber, City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.  The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.


Notes to editors

Notes for Editors:

  1. The agenda and committee papers are available here.
  2. Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the Education Panel is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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