Boris Johnson has commissioned an investigation into the challenges facing London’s schools.
With nearly four in 10 of children failing to achieve the GCSEs needed for good life chances, City Hall says the Mayor is concerned some schools are failing to push children in core subjects such as Maths and English.
The Mayor has asked Tony Sewell, former teacher and CEO of Generating Genius, to “scope the format and key issues of the inquiry”. A Chair and formal panel is expected to be announced shortly.
The inquiry will run for 10 months with an interim report due to be published in February and a final report next autumn.
The panel will be asked to look at a range of issues including driving up standards, meeting the demand for places and tackling underachievement of particular ethnic groups.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘Academic excellence and social confidence should belong to all children, regardless of their background.
“I want our inquiry to ask some tough questions and help cultivate in all our schools the positive energy, discipline and ambition our children deserve.”