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11/01/07
'Now Children Can Flourish' in London schools, says Mayor
- Livingstone backs government's education polices

KEN LIVINGSTONE has hailed the government's success in improving London's schools.

"Schools in London were in a terrible state ten years ago, due to underfunding," said the London Mayor. "Since then, the government has put millions of pounds into education. Now parents can be sure that their children can flourish."

His comments were backed up by today's publication of the annual performance indicators for schools in England in 2006, which showed that pupil attainment had increased compared with the year before.

Schools minister Jim Knight said that improvement was even more profound in London, though it is fair to say, as touched on by Livingstone, that some of London's schools started from a very low base.

Knight also backed the new tables that force schools to include maths and English in the five grade A-C GCSEs table that is often used as the simplest comparison between secondary schools.

"We are determined that every young person should be equipped for life with the basics, and introducing these subjects into achievement and attainment tables reflects the importance we place on it," said Knight.

For the new government figures on London schools click here



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