Boris Johnson announces new education strategy

Fri 19th October 2012, 4:46 pm

The Mayor of London has announced a new education strategy which includes setting up a dedicated unit to find new sites to build free schools.

Boris Johnson: new education strategy announced

The plan addresses the issue where schools increasingly become privately-run academies, operating outside of Local Education Authority control.

The Mayor said: "With 90,000 more high quality school places needed by 2016 and employers and universities demanding high calibre people with the relevant abilities and qualifications to compete at a global level, we need cutting edge ideas to make London a world leader in education by 2020."

The new unit will be responsible for locating suitable sites for new schools. The Mayor wants to utilise land and properties owned by the GLA.

More details, including implications for the Sitematch London project will follow soon.

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