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Equal Opportunities




School Readiness

Early Years Foundation Stage tests have shown higher levels of school readiness among London’s young children than those in nearly every other region of England. Only the South East scores higher overall.

When broken down by various characteristics – ethnicity, first language, eligibility for free school meals, those with SEN support needs – London pupils do at least as well, and in most cases better, than those elsewhere with the same characteristics. There are still differences between these sub-groups, however, with Chinese and Mixed ethnicity children most likely to achieve the expected standard across Early Learning Goals (ELG) in London.

There were no assessments in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, so there is no update available.