Mayor of London calls for new city-wide schools commissioner
PUBLISHED: 10:41 30 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:41 30 November 2015
Boris Johnson wants schools throughout the city, including in Bexley, to fall under the responsibility of a single commissioner
The Mayor of London has called for a new schools commissioner to be appointed to ensure the future of top class education in Bexley.
A report published on Friday showed that almost 165,000 additional state school places will be needed by 2025.
With the demand for places becoming increasingly urgent, a London schools commissioner would have responsibility for schools throughout the city, and would work with the existing education network in the capital, including the GLA, London councils, headteacher groups and schools, to galvanise the creation of new places, secure a pool of new school leaders and ensure that standards continue to improve.
Boris Johnson, said: “A schools commissioner for London is a no-brainer.
“Our schools are a fantastic success story but action needs to be taken now to ensure this continues.
“We need a commissioner with the powers and oversight to ensure there will be enough schools places for our growing population and that pupils will have access to the rigorous, high quality education that they deserve wherever they live in the capital.”
Deputy mayor for education and culture, Munira Mirza, added: “We need a single schools commissioner for London who can continue to improve our schools for years to come and work across the capital with City Hall, schools, boroughs, academy chains and parents.
“It just doesn’t make sense to have a schools commissioner with power over Hackney and Suffolk but not Hackney and Islington.
“Or another commissioner with power over Camden and Central Bedfordshire but not Camden and Haringey.”
School commissioners currently focus on underperforming schools and new academies.
There are three covering London, each with responsibility for one part of the capital and around half a dozen counties of southern England.
The mayor argues that introducing a single London schools commissioner could bring strong regional leadership and coordination, and inspire ambition in schools and pupils, as well as maximising London’s assets and enabling young Londoners to benefit even more from the city’s economic success.