Mayor of Lonon Report: Black Teachers in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2365
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The report Black Teachers in London states "Pupils will learn important lessons about who has power, authority and prestige from the composition of their school's teaching workforce." Does the Mayor not think that due to the demoralising policies of the Labour Government, the only lesson pupils will learn is that all teachers, regardless of ethnicity, have no power, authority or prestige?

Answer

Answer for Mayor of Lonon Report: Black Teachers in London

Answer for Mayor of Lonon Report: Black Teachers in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No. This government has invested heavily in education. The London Challenge, and specifically the establishment of Chartered London Teacher Status, has made recognition of the importance of teaching London's schoolchildren a priority and I support these measures. Further, London's schools are improving. Since 1997 in Inner London the number of pupils achieving at least five A* - C grades or their equivalent has increased by half. Across London, one third more of our pupils have gained at least five A* - C grades in the same period. Credit should be given to teachers and schools in bringing about these improvements.