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Ofsted top marks to Tower Hamlets for schools and child care

PUBLISHED: 12:40 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:21 05 October 2010

YOUNGSTERS in London’s deprived East End are receiving some of the best social care in the country, it has emerged. Tower Hamlets was one of only 10 local authorities rated “excellent” in Ofsted’s annual assessment of children’s services. But it has also come in for criticism over child obesity

By Gemma Collins

YOUNGSTERS in London’s deprived East End are receiving some of the best social care in the country, it has emerged.

Tower Hamlets was one of only 10 local authorities in the country rated as “excellent” in Ofsted’s annual assessment of children’s services.

But it has also come in for criticism over the East End’s high level of child obesity.

Tower Hamlets was one of 152 authorities in Ofsted’s annual rating to be assessed for its childcare, special schools, nurseries, primary and secondary schools.

It was commended for its “outstanding” nurseries and primaries and the care that it offers to vulnerable children and young people, the second year running the council has been given top marks.

But it was also was slammed for its “high levels of obesity among children aged five and 11 and the low achievement of pupils of White heritage aged 16.”

It was criticised for its childcare, as the education watchdogs insisted Tower Hamlets was struggling to keep up with other areas in the way it ensures young people felt safe.

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