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London schools a 'modern day success story'

27/11/2013 Joanna
Schools around England can learn from the success of educational establishments in London. 

This is according to Steve Munby, chief executive of the CfBT Education Trust, who labelled the performance of learning centres in the capital as the "success story of the last decade".

Writing in the Telegraph, he noted schools in the city have managed to bridge the gap between rich and poor and improve attainment across the board - he called it a "potential model ... for a more equal, socially mobile society". 

Mr Munby thinks the achievements have not been given the recognition they deserve, especially when the series of challenges that had to be overcome are taken into consideration. 

"The London 'effect' is talked about as a universal phenomenon, flowing through GCSE attainment, Ofsted inspections, university access; and has worked across different ethnic groups, boroughs and most importantly, children from disadvantaged families," he remarked. 

Mr Munby believes the success can be traced back to the London Challenge, a programme that sought to infuse the education system with fresh ideas. Although the scheme ended in 2011, a number of initiatives were put in place that helped improve the quality of school leadership.

He added the idea of support for head teachers in low-performing schools is one that has been replicated across England with much success.

The CfBT Education Trust - a charity aiming to make a difference in the learning world - has commissioned research to look at the London schools system in greater depth. Key personnel will be interviewed, while statistical evidence is also going to be scrutinised closely. 

Mr Munby thinks it is vital the London story "only continues to get better", as this type of success could be shared with the rest of the world in order to reaffirm the importance of England in the global education sector. 

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