Annual London education report.

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Greater London Authority
Date of publication
24 February 2017
Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This report, the first yearly review of education in the city under Sadiq Khan, presents data relating to attainments in primary and secondary schools, initiatives to improve the prospects of disadvantaged pupils, and plans to recruit and train more teachers. The authors consider the implications of an increasing child population and the pressures and challenges resulting from this. They note the role of apprenticeships in providing a career path for young people as an alternative to higher education. They also discuss opportunities for continuous improvement, and the unveiling in April 2016 by the Education Policy Institute of a series of world-class education standards derived from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which measured how the UK would need to perform if it were to match the results of leading countries such as Finland and Canada. They suggest that in order for England’s secondary schools to be world-class by 2030, 85 per cent of pupils would need to leave primary school having achieved the equivalent of level 4B or above in reading, writing and mathematics by 2025 and 75 per cent of pupils leaving secondary school with an Attainment 8 score in excess of 50. In conclusion, they acknowledge that progress needs to be made to achieve these standards, and examine ways of doing so.

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