LAGGING BEHIND IN EARLY YEARS
ONLY 18 per cent of early-years children started independent schools in Hackney with a good level of development (GLD) in 2016, according to data produced for the council. This compares with 75 per cent starting state-aided primary schools in the borough with a GLD
Most independent schools in Hackney serve the Charedi community.
The council suggests the low GLD score is because it is measured in English and children in Orthodox Jewish schools at that age are “at the early stages of learning English”.
Supporting the improved teaching of English in such schools remains a “priority”, the council says.