Academies in London (4)

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you agree with the Public Accounts Committee when it states that the current funding mechanism for academies 'do not operate effectively alongside the local authority system'? What are the implications of this issue for London?


Answer for Academies in London (4)

Answer for Academies in London (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, I agree with the Department for Education when it said "We make no apology for the fact that more schools than even we imagined have opted to convert, and no apology for spending money on a programme that is proven to drive up standards and make long-term school improvements. We want as many schools as possible to take advantage of the significant benefits academy status brings because it means more schools run by great heads and teachers, not local authority or Whitehall bureaucrats, and more children getting a first-class education'. The implications for London are that we will have more great schools giving our children a better start in life.