Harrow Borough Council's leader believes home life is even more important than the classroom after a report showed Harrow bucking the trend on academic underachievement.

According to the University and College Union, 34 per cent of people of working age across London’s 73 parliamentary constituencies have no educational qualifications.

But Harrow East and Harrow West are below the national average of 10.7 per cent, with only 8.2 per cent and 6.3 per cent respectively having no qualifications.

Last September a Department for Education report said 95.6 per cent of 16 to 17 year-olds in Harrow are in full-time education, training, or employment.

This is a 3.2 per cent improvement over the past 12 months, making it top in the country.

Harrow Council's portfolio holder for children, schools and families Cllr Mitzi Green said: “Harrow has a strong track record when it comes to the number of young people who are securing education, employment or training.

"This serves as a clear indicator that we are providing our children and young people with the best possible start in life.

“We are also proud of our schools, partner organisations and parents in the borough for the work they do to help Harrow’s young people to achieve.”