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Prince Charles gives royal approval to success-from-failure college

PUBLISHED: 11:39 15 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 05 October 2010

PRINCE Charles is on a flying visit to London’s East End later today to meet teachers and business leaders involved in a failed’ secondary school that has turned itself around. He is speaking to staff at Bethnal Green Technology College at lunchtime who are behind the Teach First programme and seeing how it has had an impact in helping to transform schools

Mike Brooke

PRINCE Charles is on a flying visit to London's East End later today to meet teachers and business leaders involved in a 'failing' secondary school that has turned itself around.

He is speaking to staff at Bethnal Green Technology College at lunchtime who are behind the Teach First programme and seeing how it has had an impact in helping to transform schools.

The college in Gosset-street was designated a 'failing school' in 2005 and put undrer special measures.

But within two years it had developed "a new ethos and culture" and last July was taken out of special measures.

Its new head-teacher, Mark Keary, has played a major role in helping develop the school, which has nine teachers recruited through Teach First, four of whom stayed on after their initial two-year training ended.

Teach First is an educational charity which recruits exceptional graduates from top universities and trains them to become teachers.

Each graduate spends two years teaching in 'challenging' schools where there may be significant deprivation or lack of achievement.

The scheme has been hailed as a success and listed in the London Challenge report as one of five factors that have helped boost achievement in London schools in the last five years.

The Prince recently accepted the appointment of the charity's patron.

He is also president of the Prince's Teaching Institute, which helps provide continuing professional development for teachers.

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