Head of ‘strictest school in country’ made Social Mobility Commission chief

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The headmaster of the school, which is said to be the strictest in the country, has been made the chairman of the government’s social mobility commission.

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Katharine Birbalsingh Dame playing Martina Milburn, who resigned on 5 May 2020 boris johnson The role needs to be expanded to deal with this issue effectively.

Ms Birbal Singh said she would use the term to develop a society that “provides equal opportunities for all”.


he is praised liz truss To uphold the “High S” as the founder and head of Michaela Community School In north London, a free school that has been described as the strictest school in Britain.

Year 7 students at Michaela in Brent, London are taught how to sit properly in a chair, how to move quickly to lessons in a single file, and how to focus on the teacher as they arrive. , to behave well.

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New students are encouraged to tuck their shirts on and lift crumbs off the floor after a meal as part of boot camp, which teaches students to “behave the Michaela way”.

Ms. Birbal Singh will continue to be the headmaster of the school while in the commission.

In 2010, he told delegates at a Tory party convention that education “has become so loose that even teachers know it” and that schools are bound by too many goals that prevent them from teaching properly.

Women and Equality Minister Liz Truss said: “This country has incredible potential and we must harness the talents of all our people, regardless of background or where they live, to uncover it.

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“I want Catherine to focus on education, enterprise and employment so that we can increase opportunities across the UK and give everyone a chance to succeed.

“By expecting high and not indulging in the soft fanaticism of low expectations, she produced amazing results in Michaela School and gave those kids the best chance in life.

“She will bring that same attitude to the Commission and will be a vehement champion of equality of opportunity.”

Ms Birbal Singh said: “As we recover from the pandemic, this is the moment to inculcate a culture in our society that provides equal opportunities to all.

“From education, at home and in the world of work to formative years, it is more important than ever to improve social mobility, and I look forward to playing this important role.

“My immediate priorities will include developing a solid evidence base from which change can flow.”

His predecessor Dame Martina warned the prime minister in his resignation letter that the coronavirus crisis was likely to make social mobility “more difficult than ever”.

Alan Milburn Theresa May, who resigned in December 2017 in protest against the government, criticized the lack of “meaningful action” on the issue.


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