Commenting on the launch of the London Schools Excellence Fund, funded by the Department for Education and the Mayor of London, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The London Challenge programme which this Government got rid of provided the support schools needed and made a real difference. The results spoke for themselves. Despite inner London boroughs comprising some of the most deprived areas in the country, London pupils outperformed many schools in better off areas.
“The Mayor of London and the DfE’s scheme will not replicate the genuine collaboration between schools, nor will it match the funding. This is window dressing and money would be far better spent reintroducing the London Challenge, not just for London but for the other areas around the country which could benefit.”
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