London’s Poverty Profile

Education

Attainment at London's state funded schools

Key findings

Pupils

in London outperform pupils in the rest of England across ethnic groups, as do pupils who do not speak English as their first language and pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Most

19 year olds have a Level 3 qualification in every London borough

59%

of disadvantaged students from Inner London go on to attend higher education institutions - the highest rate in England. But they are less likely than non-disadvantaged students to attend elite universities.

Overview

Educational attainment is a key determinant of lifetime earnings, poverty risk and social mobility. Other indicators on this site note how low pay and employment status are associated with lower levels of educational qualification. The large improvements in education in London over the past decade are rightly celebrated in improving the life chances of its young people, especially as increasing attainment by disadvantaged pupils has been a key driver. 

However, the gap in educational achievement between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is present from the beginning of schools and widens as pupils get older. These indicators therefore focus on attainment at age 16 and older.


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