Grenfell Truths: the outstanding community of the Kensington Aldridge Academy

From the cold ashes of Grenfell, some heart-warming news. The Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA), a secondary school which opened right next to Grenfell Tower in 2014, has been graded “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors and named […]


Q&A: Bob Neill MP on London Conservatism, Brexit and the capital’s future

Bob Neill has been the Conservative MP for Bromley and Chislehurst since winning a by election in June 2006. Before that he was a member of the very first London Assembly, elected in 2000 and […]


Higher education participation in London is widening, says new report

For the first time there are more Londoners in some form of higher education in the capital whose parents didn’t go to university than Londoners with parents who did, according to new research for London Councils. […]


London leads the social mobility league, but there is much more to be done

As On London contributor Sam Stopp has rightly observed, London’s claims to greatness are undermined by its containing far too many people who struggle to make ends meet. Changing that is a major challenge for the city. But […]


Centre for London Conference 2017: Alison Wolf on upskilling

The various speakers at Centre for London’s 2017 London Conference provided lots to think about, including Peter Mandelson, who contended that Jeremy Corbyn needs to convert Tory voters as well as unifying the anti-Tory vote behind him […]


London Councils cross-party report calls for extra schools funding

Greater London will need an additional £1bn from national government in the three years to 2022/23 if it is to meet growing demand for school places, according to estimates by London Councils, the cross-party organisation representing the […]


Q&A: Waltham Forest leader Clare Coghill on the future of her fast-changing borough

Clare Coghill became leader of Labour-run Waltham Forest Council in May and the first woman to hold that position in the immensely varied Outer East London borough’s 52-year history. Born in Halesowen, she has also lived […]


The beauty of a London primary school’s Democracy Week

It has been hard to see beauty in this city recently, but I discovered some thanks to Millfields Community School‘s Democracy Week. Children from the Hackney primary formed parties, wrote manifestos, conducted campaigns, took part in hustings and finally voted […]


Neither May’s Brexit vision nor Corbyn’s old time religion meet London’s needs

No party won the general election and neither the Conservatives nor Labour offered programmes that were convincing for London, on whose economic strength the post-Brexit nation will depend even more heavily than it does now. Both […]


Election 2017: Tory education plans for London are state-sponsored stupidity

Back in the early 1990s, when my eldest children were very young, London’s state schools were widely seen as disastrous. That was unfair because not all of them were bad, but the truth is that many were. […]