London primary schoolchildren from disadvantaged backgrounds are achieving better academic results than pupils in the rest of the country. Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies claims this is down to the differences in the mix of pupils attending London's schools.
Fifty-four per cent of inner London pupils, eligible for free school meals, achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths, compared with 47% in outer London, 40% in the West Midlands and 30-35% in other regions outside of London who gained similar results.
Parents of pupils at a special needs school ranked as outstanding by inspectors, have started a battle to keep it open. Gosden House near Guildford specialises in teaching children with complex special needs.
But there are plans to turn it into a secondary school, only for pupils with one type of autism. Ruth Banks has been to meet those who insist it suits the community as it is.
The proportion of young people saying that they have received private tuition has remained high over the last year. Londoners are most likely to have had extra teaching, according to a new Sutton Trust survey.
Nearly one in four 11-16 year olds at state schools in England and Wales indicated that their parents had paid for them to have extra help with their lessons.
Polling by Ipsos MORI for the Sutton Trust shows that 24% of all young people in 2013 said they had received private or home tuition at some stage in their school career, compared with 18% in 2005 and 23% in 2012.
Some schools in London could radically change the way they operate, as the demand for primary places continues. Schools could be forced to run in two shifts to accommodate the growing demand for pupil places.
In the east London borough of Barking and Dagenham, a 50% rise in the number of under-fours since 2001 means its primary schools are bursting at the seams.
Deputy council leader Rocky Gill says if the council does not receive the money it says it needs to accommodate its growing numbers of pupils, it will have to go for this "radical option".
The Libary is a public service that has suffered in recent years with closures but one council seems to be bucking that trend.
The borough of Hillingdon has 17 of them and their council has announced that it will be investing money in every single one of them.
Hillingdon Council have already reduce running costs whilst at the same time protecting libraries from closure, retaining staff, extending opening hours and increasing stock levels of books and digital resources.