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The Mayor's Education Conference

Mayor Sadiq Khan wants every child in London to have the same opportunities the city gave him.

His aim is for each and every young Londoner, regardless of background, to have the chance to fulfil their potential. That way, they can make the most of all that London has to offer.

Every year since 2013, City Hall has hosted The Mayor’s Education Conference. This free event celebrates London’s educational successes. It brings school leaders from London, the UK and the world together, to share great ideas that really work.

Mayor's Education Conference February 2017

The next Mayor's Education Conference is at City Hall on Friday 24 February 2017. 

This free, invitation-only event is for head teachers, principals and senior school leaders. The theme this year is ‘what does it take to provide a world class education in London?

We know that London has some of the best state schools in the country. It also consistently does well in terms of how students from disadvantaged backgrounds perform. On the day, we’ll focus on how best we help all young people in London to fulfil their potential.

Topics up for discussion include supporting teachers, career development, social mobility and helping young people into tech careers. We’ll also be talking about how we can keep London’s schools at the top of their game. There’ll be keynote speeches from Mayor Sadiq Khan, and his Deputy Mayors Joanne McCartney, Jules Pipe and Rajesh Agrawal

If you’re a school or college leader, you can express your interest to come, by emailing [email protected] For any questions, please read our FAQs

This year’s Mayor’s Education Conference also forms an important part of maintaining the GLA’s ISO 20121 international standard for event sustainability. We are proud to be working to ensure our events are socially responsible and to reduce their environmental impact.

You can find out more about previous conferences using the links below.

Mayor's Education Conference November 2015

Find out more - 2015 conference

The third Mayor's Education Conference took place at City Hall on 27 November 2015. 

This year’s conference theme was ‘Leading for London’, encompassing leadership across the education system, from subject leadership to school leaders’ working together to achieve sustained improvement for the benefit of London’s pupils and young people.

During the day, London headteachers contributed to the debates alongside keynote speeches from the Mayor of London and the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, plus two international speakers, Dr Paul Cappon, University of Ottawa and Dr Maciej Jakubowski, Director, Evidence Institute, Poland and PEEC (Public Education Evaluation Commission), Saudi Arabia.

There was also a choice of 12 policy and research roundtables and plenty of debate and discussion throughout the day.  

To coincide with the conference, four education reports were published; the “Annual London Education Report 2015”, which provide a commentary on London’s education success; “Projected Demand for School Places”, a demographic study of school age population and demand for school places from 2015 to 2025; a school survey “Investigating the school improvement needs and practices of London primary and secondary schools”; and a research report “Building the Leadership Pool in London Schools” on school leadership and the prospective shortage of school leaders based on data and surveys of school leaders.

We also published 'Our Learning Landscape', a report which looks at the work of the Mayor's Education and Youth programme, which you can view below.

You can see a selection of photographs from the day and watch an inspiring film commissioned specially for the conference.

Further information on the programme, as well as presentations and speeches from keynote speakers can be found below. You can read a transcript of the speech by The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, here 

You can also read a blog on the event, written by Eddie Playfair, Principal of Newham Sixth Form College.

​Please email us with any enquries.

Mayor's Education Conference November 2014

Opening film from the 2014 conference.
Find out more - 2014 conference

The Mayor hosted his second annual Education Conference at City Hall on 21 November 2014. He also launched his second report on London education.

The event attracted headteachers and senior school leaders from across London and experts from around the world. There were speeches from the Mayor and several international experts, plus roundtables, panel style sessions, plenaries and workshops. Everyone in attendance had a chance to take part and air their views.

The day opened with music by charity London Music Masters. Two of the Bard’s plays were also performed by schools as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

After the conference there was a drinks reception. Guests were entertained by singer songwriter Olivia Dean, a prize winner at the Gigs 2014 Grand Final.

Please contact us for further information, including presentations from keynote speakers and write-up's from parallel sessions.