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Graham Lane, education leader of the Local Government Association and chair of education at Newham Borough Council, believes the mayor's office will have a great deal of influence over education in the capital.

One of the most immediate issues he or she will have to deal with is the raising of school standards. Another key issue that pupils and parents face is the shortage of school places in the capital.

The mayor could also introduce a five-term year for the city's schools as well as allow schools to celebrate religious holidays, other than those of the Church of England.

Similarly, the mayor will have to consider the issue of staff recruitment and teacher shortages in the capital's schools.

The education issue is also linked with transport, as thousands of school children in the capital have to travel a considerable distance to get to school.

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