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Boris Johnson’s new plans for London schools

25 October 2012

The Mayor of London has commissioned a report 'Going for Gold' that states more needs to be done to build on the success of London’s schools. Schools across the capital already achieve results above the national average.

Proposals include an excellence fund to help improve numeracy and literacy; more summer schools; a supplementary 'London Curriculum'; and a scheme to address a shortage of school places by helping free school providers find sites. 

Boris Johnson, who has no formal powers over school education, states this is not an attempt to recreate the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) but a desire to use his role to 'add value' to the education system.

As many in the education sector are talking about a third tier to replace the role of local authorities, it is an interesting move from Johnson. It will assist the many free school proposers who are looking for sites in London and will encourage new free school proposers to come forward with plans for new schools.

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