Social mobility and state schools

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Although London was the best performing region for the number of high quality schools, there is a link between wealth and attendance at a good school with children on free school meals being less likely to attend a high performing school. How can this issue be addressed, particularly in light of the cuts to education that the National Funding Formula will bring to London's schools?


Answer for Social mobility and state schools

Answer for Social mobility and state schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

92% of London's schools are good or outstanding, the highest proportion of any region.

Disadvantaged children in London perform better than in other regions and the attainment gap between poor children and their better off peers is smaller than elsewhere in the country.

As I outlined in this month's MQT, I believe this gap will increase with the proposed National Funding and the expansion of selective schools. All the evidence is that investment in great leaders and effective teachers makes the most difference to improving pupil attainment, including for the most disadvantaged groups.