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Education spend in London must increase, says commissioner

Spending on education in London needs to rise sharply to make improvements in the capital's schools "a racing certainty", Professor Tim Brighouse, commissioner for London schools, said yesterday.

London spent 75 per cent more per head on police and 55 per cent more on social services than other parts of the country, he said in a lecture at the National Extension College, sponsored by The TES.

But the comparable premium for education - the one service with the best chance of breaking the cycle of disadvantage - was less than 15 per cent, he said.

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