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Why are London schools better than the rest of the UK?

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League tables of more than 3,300 secondary schools published by the Department for Education on Thursday show that London's education system outshone the rest of the country with only three secondary schools of 427 deemed to be failing, compared with four out of 14 in Hull and nine of 100 in Kent.

Isobel Cattermole, who works for the Tower Hamlets borough council and Vivienne Porritt, from London University's institute of education, debate why the capital is outstripping the rest of the country.


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