The director of the “strictest school in the country” made CBE


The principal of a school who requires children to attend a “behavior training camp” upon arrival to teach them to walk faster is one of the education leaders named in the anniversary honors of the Queen.Katharine Birbalsingh, founder and director of Michaela Community School in north London, a free school that has been described as Britain’s strictest school, has become a CBE.

Ms Birbalsingh said the honor was a tribute to her staff and her former colleague Michaela Emanus, who gave Wembley High School her name, and their traditional teaching style.

Speaking to the PA news agency, she said: “I am proud of the impact we have had on the educational sphere from the field, of the position of teachers, ordinary teachers and ordinary children making a difference. great work day in and day out. and challenge the status quo in education. ”

Grade 7 students at Michaela School learn how to sit properly in a chair, get to classes quickly in single file and focus on the teacher, instill good behavior from the moment they arrive.

New students are also encouraged to keep their shirts tucked in and pick up crumbs from the floor after eating as part of the training camp, which teaches students how to “behave like Michaela.”“Being strict is taking care of the little details and when you do that, you don’t have the big problems. They just don’t happen, ”Ms. Birbalsingh told PA.

A second free school in Michaela, Michaela Community School Stevenage, has been approved by the government to open in September 2023.

This year’s list has been postponed to June to include people, including education officials, who were instrumental in the Covid-19 effort.

Matthew Hood and David Thomas of Oak National Academy, a government-backed virtual school launched during the lockdown, have both been designated OBEs for their educational services.

Oak National Academy, an online classroom center, was launched in April after schools closed to the majority of children.

Mr. Hood, Founder and Director of the Virtual School, said: “This honor is truly recognition of the tireless work of the hundreds of teachers and colleagues who created it, in just a few days.

“They showed the best of our profession – innovative, caring and dedicated to supporting children and their peers.


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