What is surprising is that they want to talk about it. Talk, yes, about taking schools from hopeless to outstanding; about sending teenagers from homes harbouring low to no expectations to Russell Group universities; about the young lives transformed by discipline, opportunity and old-fashioned good teaching. The Harris Federation, the once controversial, now lauded charity that runs 47 “academies” in and around London, would surely always be up for telling that story. By granting The Times Magazine extraordinarily unfettered access to three of its inner-London schools, the federation is, however, acknowledging another side to their pupils’ lives. Beyond the ordered life of the classroom, these boys and girls struggle in housing estates riven by gangs, drugs and knife crime.
Source: The Times January 12, 2019 00:00 UTC