Tower Hamlets praised for "exceptional" schools

By Rob Virtue on December 12, 2013 12:52 PM |

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Education in Tower Hamlets has received the highest praise in an independent report published this week.

Top academics analysed the borough's success on the back of rapidly rising exam results.

Authors behind the study, Transforming Education For All: The Tower Hamlets Story, said areas of deprivation around the world could learn from the east London area.

Key factors praised by the report included high quality teaching, high levels of funding and "a resilient approach to external government policies and pressure".

GCSE results were praised with 61.8 per cent of students achieving at least five A*-C results (including English and Maths) across the borough. That was over two per cent above the national average.

Back in 1998, meanwhile, the figure was just 26 per cent, way below the average of 43 per cent.

It also has every secondary school rated at either good or outstanding by Ofsted.

The report concluded: "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."

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: "This success has been hard won. It is the result of tremendous work by students, parents, headteachers, school staff, council officers and politicians over the past 15 years."

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