London Schools the Best in the Country
In 2002 less than a quarter of those on free school meals got five good GCSEs where as in 2013, 48% did – nearly double the proportion across the country. Schools cannot take all the credit as part of the answer for this improvement lies beyond the school gates. Growing numbers of ethnic minority children who do better in exams and improve more while in school than white pupils is one reason as is the increasing gentrification of inner London attracting better teachers to the capital and pushing out poor families whose children tend to be less interested in academic success. Additionally London primaries increasingly focused on the basics of numeracy and literacy.