Regional Schools Commissioners (1)

MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What discussion have you had with colleagues in Westminster, particularly those on the Education Select Committee, regarding the role of Regional Schools Commissioners in London?


Answer for Regional Schools Commissioners (1)

Answer for Regional Schools Commissioners (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I provided written evidence to the Education Select Committee on their Regional Schools Commissioner Inquiry in September 2015 and my Deputy Mayor, Munira Mirza, was invited to give oral evidence at their session on 4 November 2015. My team also provided a briefing to the Committee's London MP, Kate Osamor MP. My submission and Munira's evidence is available on the UK Parliament's website. We made the case that one Commissioner, not three as currently, would best serve the London region. This position, shared by the London Assembly and London Councils, paved the way for the Committee to argue for the creation of a single Regional Schools Commissioner for London in their published report last month. At my Education Conference I made the case for a London Schools Commissioner with expertise and oversight across all of London to galvanise the creation of new places, secure a pool of new school leaders and ensure that standards continue to improve.