Attainment at London's state funded schools
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).
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.
The GCSE attainment gap is significantly smaller in London than the rest of England (28% in the rest of England, 15% in London). The boroughs with the seven largest gaps are all in Outer London.
Progress on GCSE attainment has stalled since 2010/2011. 40% of students in Inner London and 39% in Outer London do not have 5 or more A*-C grades, including English and Maths, when they finish their GCSEs – a similar figure to five years ago. The proportion of 19 year olds without level 3 qualifications has continued to fall in London though, unlike in the rest of England where progress has stalled.
The percentage of disadvantaged pupils in Inner London who go onto Higher Education is actually higher than for non-disadvantaged pupils (59% vs 55%). The trend is reversed in Outer London, where non-disadvantaged pupils are narrowly more likely to pursue higher education (58% vs 56%). These figures will be important to monitor to assess whether they are affected by the abolition of maintenance grants in 2016.
GCSE attainment over time
GCSE attainment and disadvantage
GCSE attainment and demography
19-year-olds, qualifications & disadvantage
19-year-old qualifications by borough
From our Twitter
This interactive table compares Poverty Child Poverty Inequality Homelessness Temporary Accommodation Evictions Affordability Unemployment Low Pay Benefits Council Tax Support GCSE attainment Infant Mortality Premature Mortality in each London borough. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/boroughs/overview-of-london-boroughs/ … pic.twitter.com/EuJJzZz4Tf23 Aug 2018
The infant mortality in Lambeth is 3.9 per 1,000 live births, higher than the London rate which is 3.4 but the same as the England rate. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/infant-mortality-borough/ … pic.twitter.com/FHy9ZXousM19 Oct 2018
Only 8% of London households do not contain working adults. This is down from 14% in 2001. https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/data/work-status-londons-households/ …19 Oct 2018
549 social and affordable homes were completed in the three years up to 2015/16 in Lambeth. This is more than in many other London boroughs. pic.twitter.com/7jebbvrbcW18 Oct 2018
Poverty is spread unevenly across London A third or more of residents in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Islington and Haringey and Brent live in poverty. Whereas less than a fifth of residents in Kingston, Havering, Sutton, Bexley, Richmond and Bromley live in poverty. pic.twitter.com/D0oD7jaSVc18 Oct 2018