Time for Action Update

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your Time for Action Update you state that you will promote 'a more relevant curriculum to targeted 14-19 year olds in London'. Could you explain what this means; what powers you have to do this and how this will be delivered?


Answer for Time for Action Update

Answer for Time for Action Update

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Project Brodie is the relevant strand of Time for Action which is based on the recognition that, beyond enforcing attendance, we must also target the underlying causes of truancy. While the main effort rests on reducing bullying and violent behaviour, as well as placing an emphasis on early intervention and resilience for younger students, a curriculum relevant to the needs of older students (aged 14-19) will also help to prevent absences.

This last strand of work is being delivered regionally though London Councils' 14-19 London Regional Planning Group, on which the Greater London Authority sits. The group's work includes a focus on making education and training more relevant to employers and improving career advice and guidance across London.

Under Project Brodie, the GLA is also working with London Councils' 'Back on Track' project, which focuses on improving provision in Pupil Referral Units. This stream of work will provide an opportunity to test out anti-truancy interventions in settings that have acute experiences with unauthorised absences.