Historic transfer of responsibility for schools in Hackney

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UPDATED: This article was updated on 10 March 2013 to reflect the publication of final GCSE results for 2012 by the Department for Education. The original article referred to the provisional rate of 59.6 per cent of Hackney pupils achieving five good passes (A*-C), including English and maths, but this has been amended to 60.2 per cent to reflect revised Department for Education statistics.

After ten years in the private sector, responsibility for overseeing Hackney’s schools passed back to the council this summer.

Schools have come under the auspices of the Learning Trust Ltd., a not-for-profit limited company, since 2002, when the local authority was stripped of its education responsibilities. The move followed underperformance of the borough’s schools for a number of years.

The transfer of powers on 1 August means the council will again take on the role of supporting and providing guidance for local state schools. The education department will still be known as the Learning Trust, but the transfer has seen several changes at the top of the Trust’s structure.


The ten year period in which the Trust has overseen the borough’s schools has brought significant improvements in exam results. In 2002 the number of A*-C GCSE passes was considerably below the national average at 31.1 per cent, with provisional figures for 2012 showing the borough now to be outperforming the national average: 59.6 per cent 60.2 per cent of students gained five good passes (A*-C including English and maths).