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The Mayor's ambitions for education

Education is one of the most important elements in the future success of London. The Mayor recognises the importance of providing a good school place for every child and ensuring they have the skills, knowledge and creativity to succeed in life.

Long-term education ambitions

The Mayor wants our young people to grasp new economic opportunities in London and compete with the talent our city attracts from around the globe. To achieve this aim, he’s clear that by 2020 we must make our state schools amongst the best in the world.

This includes encouraging our pupils and students to study modern language and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. We also want to ensure they apply for the best universities and apprenticeships.

The Mayor is committed to making the case for London schools during the government’s national funding formula consultation during 2016. He will use the power of City Hall to fight strongly for a properly and fairly funded school system that does not put the success of London’s schools at risk and that adequately recognises London’s high needs in the proposals from government. The Mayor’s response to the initial consultation can be downloaded below, as well as the more recent response to the government’s early years and childcare funding formula consultation.

The Mayor’s Education Inquiry

The Mayor’s Education Inquiry explored the critical challenges facing London’s primary and secondary schools.

The inquiry ran from December 2011 until September 2012 with further consultation taking place in July 2012. Three hearing sessions were held at City Hall, with experts in education and from business leaders on youth employment contributing.

The inquiry panel made 12 recommendations to the Mayor in a final report. These were around the following themes:

  • promoting teaching excellence
  • preparing young people for life and work in a global city
  • ensuring a good school place for every child.

The report acknowledges that London schools already perform better than the national average. However, it also makes clear that too many children still leave education without the basic skills needed to get a good job, or go into further and higher education or training.

Education Programme Delivery Plan

The first Education Programme Delivery Plan was published in February 2013 in direct response to the Education Inquiry’s final report. The plan outlined existing progress and future actions required to take forward the 12 Inquiry Panel recommendations.

The delivery plan was refreshed for 2014-15 and again for 2015-16. All three editions can be found below. You can contact our education programme delivery team at [email protected].

2015-16 programme plan

The 2015-16 action plan identifies our objectives for the financial year. It also gives an overview of the actions that will be taken to deliver them, as well as the outcomes we’re aiming to achieve. 

It is again organised by the three main themes of the education inquiry recommendations

  • promoting teaching excellence in all London schools
  • preparing young Londoners for life and work in a global city
  • a good school place for every London child.

However, it now has the addition of a fourth theme: fostering engagement and building resilience among London’s young people. This theme incorporates some of the Mayor’s work with young people outside of formal education establishments.

The plan offers an update on progress in a number of key programme areas including:

  • London Schools Excellence Fund
  • London Schools Gold Club scheme
  • London Curriculum
  • The Mayor’s support to the expansion of free schools in the capital

It also covers the Mayor’s aspiration to ensure London’s school leavers have the advice and guidance they need to continue into appropriate education, training or employment.