The second annual London Education Report shows that 86% of London schools are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.
This means there are proportionally more outstanding schools in London than in any other region of the country and only 371 schools in the capital require improvement. 65% of London students achieved 5 A*-C at GCSE including English and Maths in 2013, compared with a national average of 59%.
The findings of the report were discussed at the Mayor’s Education Conference on Friday 21st November. At this event, over 400 London headteachers and senior leaders came together at City Hall to meet international experts and to share ideas that are working in schools. This included input from London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) projects.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Congratulations to London schools for their continuing achievements and in particular for the hard work of pupils and teaching staff. But there are still too many young people falling behind, particularly from deprived backgrounds.
“We also need to do more to ensure all London schoolchildren are performing strongly in STEM subjects and languages, so that we can compete against the highest achieving educational systems internationally.”
The Mayor is investigating whether it would be possible to get a PISA grading specifically for London, which would make it much simpler to present how well London is performing against international competitors.
Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, said: “We see ourselves as competing with the success to be found in other high performing countries around the world and it is likely that if the rest of the country performed as well as London educationally, the national PISA ranking for maths and English would rise from a current position of 27th to around 17th.”
The last year has seen the implementation of a number of important initiatives to improve London’s schooling following recommendations that came out of the Mayor’s Education Inquiry (2011-2012). The Mayor has launched a new scheme called the London Music Pledge, which aims to boost music teaching in all the capital’s schools.
- Download the London Annual Education Report 2014.
- View the video released at the Conference. This video features four LSEF projects – The Royal Society of Chemistry, Gladesmore Community School, Rosendale Primary School and Mulberry School for Girls.
- The Conference presentations from keynote speakers are also included towards the bottom of the Useful Information section.
- To find out more about the London Music Pledge go to http://londoned.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/London-Music-Pledge-Nov-2015.pdf and www.london.gov.uk/musicpledge
- To see how the report and conference was reported in the media, visit http://londoned.org.uk/general-news/mayors-education-conference-in-the-news