Britain’s ‘strictest’ teacher becomes social mobility chief

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A headmaster described as “the strictest” in Britain has been appointed boss of the Social Mobility Commission, a public body set up to boost the life prospects of the country’s most disadvantaged children.

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Foreign and Women’s Minister Liz Truss, co-founder and headmaster of the Michaela Community School (MCS) in Wembley, Northwest London, has been appointed by the government to “enhance opportunities and give everyone a chance to succeed”. said.

In 2010 Ms Birbalsingh was sacked as deputy head of an academy in Camberwell, south London, after she gave a speech at a Tory party convention in which she described the UK education system as “broken”.


He said that due to lack of discipline and standards, this system is failing the most vulnerable children.

Ms. Birbal Singh founded the MCS, which has a higher-than-average number of students classified as underprivileged, in 2014, four years later. His methods are controversial but yield results.

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Students should move in the same file and not talk to each other between lessons. They can also be detained for messy work, latency or no pen to write.

In 2019, the first year MCs got GCSE results, more than half (54 percent) of all grades were Level 7 or above – equivalent to an A or A* – and double the national average of 22 percent.

Nearly one in five (18 percent) of all grades had 9s, compared to 4.5 percent nationally.

The school is rated “Excellent” in all areas by Ofstead and is one of the best performing in the UK.

Ms. Birbal Singh’s views on politics and race have also proved controversial.

He said the Black Lives Matter movement caused damage to race relations by the Sewing Division.

In April, she defended the author of a government-commissioned report into race and ethnic disparities, which was widely condemned.

The headmaster, born to an Indian-Guyanese father and Jamaican mother, has accused “leftists” of his form of “cultural racism” by trying to shut down the views of those with whom they disagree.

In 2020, he was given a CBE for his services in the field of education.

She said the end of the pandemic was a unique moment for the country “to develop a culture in our society that provides equal opportunities for all.”

Speaking after being appointed to the role, he said: “I want to inspire genuine action that will encourage people to seize the opportunities available to them and I want to ensure that the government and other public bodies like these We are fulfilling our commitments to provide opportunities, so that we can really ‘level up’ each and every region of the UK.”

According to Child Poverty UK, 43 million children in the UK live in poverty – 31 per cent of children or nine in every class of 30.


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