Responding to the Education for All Bill announced in the Queen's Speech, Cllr Peter John, London Councils' Executive member for children, skills and employment, said:
“Today’s Queen’s Speech shows that the government still has ambitions to move towards an all-academy education system and change the way in which local authorities work with schools.
“London’s experience has shown that an effective partnership between boroughs, parents, teachers and central government is the best way of helping schools to achieve high standards, rather than any structural changes. Any reforms to school funding or governance must take this into account so that no child in London is unfairly disadvantaged as a result.
“It is important to recognise that by demanding high standards for all our children in all our schools, London boroughs have been instrumental in improving school performance over the last 20 years. London has the highest number of good and outstanding schools of any region in England. Furthermore, London boroughs have been vital in managing the growing demand for school places and helping to ensure that the vast majority of parents have access to a good local school despite significant pressure for places.”