Please identify any progress that has been made in improving educational outcomes relative to other global cities, as highlighted in your 2018 Economic Development Strategy for London.
Attainment in London is consistently amongst the highest in the country and has been rising every year. Whilst I don’t have statutory responsibility for education, I have funded several programmes to support children to thrive in the classroom, including the Stepping Stones transition programme and the Violence Reduction Unit’s (VRU) Supporting Inclusive Schools programme. In my Economic Development Strategy for London, I committed to lobbying for sufficient funding to continue to improve outcomes for all pupils. I have met with the Secretary of State for Education and am working with partners to fight for adequate funding for the sector.
I am also working to understand and improve adult education outcomes. In August 2021, I launched the London Learner Survey to collect data on outcomes achieved by learners that enrolled in courses funded through the Adult Education Budget (AEB). Data will allow us to evaluate the impact of AEB provision in London.