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IOE Director delivers keynote speech at London Mayor’s education event

29 September 2017

Professor Becky Francis, Director of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) joins the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan at an award ceremony today to celebrate the Mayor's School for Success programme.

Becky Francis

The Schools for Success programme identifies London schools that perform exceptionally well with low prior attaining pupils, with the view of establishing a network of excellence in teaching and leadership practice. Teachers then have the opportunity of drawing upon their expertise and knowledge through case studies, events and school visits.

In addition to touching upon the importance of tackling low prior attainment in her keynote address, Professor Francis adds: "I’m really pleased to be supporting the Schools for Success initiative. We need to raise the attainment of all pupils, especially low prior attainers. We need incentives within the system to drive that, and we need to celebrate it when it’s achieved. Schools for Success does both.

" “Most gratifyingly for me, the scheme reflects a concern to start from what the evidence base has shown is important. Our schools work tirelessly to improve young people’s life chances, and it’s wonderful to be part of celebrating those efforts and spreading effective practice."

Professor Francis also appears alongside Mayor Khan in a video marking the launch of the programme.

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Representatives from the Department for Education, regional commissioners and school, borough and multi-academy trust leads also took part in the event.

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