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Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson CBE MP, has stated that he will prioritise Alternative Provision (AP) schools when assessing free school applications. There is no doubt that APs do essential work, but is increasing their numbers through free schools the right approach for London?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Wherever possible I want children to have the right support that means that they can stay in mainstream school. For those pupils who are either temporarily or permanently excluded from their mainstream school many Alternative Providers (APs) offer excellent education. However, the rise in the number of pupils in AP in London since 2013/14 is putting pressure on provision.

This pressure is in part due to an increase in the number of young Londoners and demand for school places across the capital. As identified by London Councils’ recent ‘Do the Maths 2020’ report, this demand now falls most heavily on secondary school age places.

The Department for Education must work with local authorities to plan new school openings and place allocations across the capital and identify areas of most need for Alternative Provision schools.