The success of schools in London is due to improvements in education and not other advantages the city has over areas in the UK, such as gentrification, ethnicity and opportunity.
This is the conclusion of the CfBT Education Trust and the Centre for London, which have compiled a report to explain the capital's education success. Its authors say the improvements made to London's education system could be replicated elsewhere.
Pupils living in the capital's deprived neighbourhoods are more likely to achieve five or more A*-Cs at GCSE (including English and mathematics) than their peers in other parts of the south-east.
Four key interventions were found to aid improvement in London's schools - London Challenge, Teach First, the academies programme and improved support from local authorities.
These are linked by key features: a focus on data and data literacy, a more professional working culture, a culture of accountability, a collective sense of possibility and better standards of professional development.
Effective leadership at every level of the education system was also found to be responsible for improved attainment levels.
Posted by Theo Foulds