Since being launched 10 years ago, Teach First has helped London state schools outperform the rest of the country in GCSE results.

The scheme, which see top graduates parachuted into teaching, has drawn huge praise from the likes of Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw and former schools minister Lord Adonis.

Children in Westminster can now expect to beat children from a comparable neighbourhood in the North by more than two grades in  every GCSE subject.

The head of teaching inspectors said: "I've been a London teacher all my life and it wasn't a good place to be in the eighties and nineties - now it's the top performing in the country."

Lord Adonis added that praise should also be given to the academies programme and the London Challenge on targetted intervention as well as councils across the capital who have shown "change is possible not just in one or two schools but across a whole school system as complex as London".

Posted 07/08/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com