The London effect: A Local Authority reflection on its origins and sustainability

25th November 2019 : 12:45 - 14:00

Category: Seminar

Research Group: Quantitative Methods Hub

Speaker: Sean Hayes, Performance Service Manager, Hounslow Local Authority

Location: Department of Education, Seminar Room B

Convener: Steve Strand

Seminar Abstract


This paper examines the origins of the so-called ‘London effect’, in which London’s schools improved rapidly and outperformed the rest of England between 2003 and 2013, and whether that improvement has persisted through the high levels of change that have continued to characterize the school system in England since 2013. Using detailed analysis of educational attainment data from 2018 its primary focus is on determining whether the introduction in 2014 of significant changes to the primary curriculum and the national assessment frameworks in the primary and secondary phase affected the performance of London’s schools through to 2018. The presentation will take a local authority perspective on the transformation in London’s educational outcomes and their sustainability.

About the speaker


Sean Hayes is currently Head of Children’s Services Performance and Data in Hounslow Council and is an Honorary Norham Fellow of the Department of Education, University of Oxford.



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