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Funding and grammars could be double trouble for London's schools

Continued funding cuts and the prospect of new grammar schools threaten the capital’s recent educational gains, argues London mayor Sadiq Khan

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Schools in London have been transformed since the late 1990s. Our state schools have seen enormous improvements as a result of the London Challenge programme, launched in 2003, and the huge investment in new schools and school leadership in the late 1990s and noughties.

London now has more good and outstanding schools than in any other region and has become an international beacon for education – leading the way in narrowing the achievement gap between children from rich and from poor backgrounds. This is something that we should be proud of, but I’m increasingly worried that the progress we ...

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