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Education and school places

  • By London Councils


London boroughs are committed to championing the interests of children and young people, improving standards, holding schools to account and ensuring fair access to education. London Councils has a wide-ranging policy programme that sets out the London local government role in a reformed education system. You can view Being the Best: The Future of London's schools on the right hand side of this page.

School places

London has been facing an overall trend for an increase in demand for school places. This continues to grow despite a recent slowing of demand for primary places. A combination of rising pupil populations, spiralling building costs and lack of available land is putting increasing pressure on London boroughs to provide these places for pupils.

London Councils has been at the forefront of the debate about how to fund the need for providing school places through a series of Do the Maths publications.

Read Do the Maths 2017

Read Do The Maths 2016

Read Do the Maths 2015

Ask the parents

London Councils commissioned YouGov for five consecutive years to survey London parents on their attitudes to the reforming educational system.

View the results

Head teacher survey

Talking Heads, a survey of nearly 400 London head teachers and senior school leaders, lays bare the negative impact of insufficient funding on teacher and teaching assistant numbers, curriculum options, learning resources such as IT equipment and textbooks, and the upkeep of school buildings.

Read Talking Heads

Lessons from London

London Councils commissioned a series of insight essays examining the role of London boroughs in the London Challenge, an initiative launched in 2003 by the then government to improve standards in the capital’s schools.

Insights on improving London schools