Lutfur Rahman: Outstanding news for schools
By Lutfur Rahman
This has been a remarkable week for our borough, which has made national headlines in the wake of an independent academic study into the turnaround of our borough's schools.
In 1997 Tower Hamlets schools were rated the worst in the country.
Now, our borough is seen as an educational success story: one of the few councils whose secondary schools are all rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.
As Lead Member for Education in 2003, as Leader of the Council in 2008-10 and now as Mayor, education has always been at the heart of my vision for a better borough.
I'm very pleased that the hard work of teachers, pupils and council officers is paying huge dividends and I'm sure we'll see even more improvement in the future.
The report concludes: "It is not unreasonable to argue that what Tower Hamlets has created are some of the best urban schools in the world.
"This is a genuinely exceptional achievement, worth celebrating, worth understanding, but, above all, worth learning from."
This is a quite remarkable turnaround for our schools and our pupils. And it has happened without national Government intervention, or the establishment of Free schools.
This is simply down to us, all of us. So a big thank you to all those; council officers, teaching staff and, of course, our pupils.
Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
■ Lutfur Rahman is executive mayor of Tower Hamlets Council