MQT on 2009-10-14
Session date: 
October 14, 2009
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In a recent report by Westminster Education Commission, a major recommendation to the failings of schools in the City was the reviving of the Inner London Education Authority in the guise of a collaborative Inner London Board. Would this strategic approach for the whole of central London not be better than your approach of backing a few academies around London?


Answer for ILEA

Answer for ILEA

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The report of the Westminster Education Commission (extract attached as Appendix D) does not recommend the reviving of the Inner London Education Authority ('ILEA'), nor does it focus on failing schools in the City. The report recognises the benefits of boroughs working together to provide high-quality, cost-effective services to support secondary education in Inner London. I am fully supportive of any arrangements where London Authorities work together to jointly commission services and there are many examples of where this is working well. I find it disappointing that you appear not to welcome my efforts through the Academy programme and working with local authorities to help some of the most disadvantaged young people in London.