I am so pleased that Katharine Birbalsingh is to being put in charge of the Social Mobility Commission which is to be focussed on the “equality of opportunity” rather than the “equality of outcome.”
Ms Birbalsingh is our kind of warrior.
Shockingly back in 2011 she was basically forced out of her job as deputy head of an academy in Camberwell, South London, after she appeared at a Tory conference and attacked some “utterly chaotic” state schools.
Three years later she set up, in a converted office block, the Michaela Community school in Wembley, north London.
She is a tough as all hell. She has a “no excuses” behaviour policy in which pupils are given demerits or detention for forgetting their pencils or pens or for talking in the corridors between lessons.
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It's working. The first set of GCSE results show 54% of all grades were level 7 or better (equivalent to the old-style A-A*) more than double the national average of 22%.
In April Ms Birbalsingh criticised the woke culture for “mercilessly attacking” black conservatives who dare to think for themselves.
Now Boris has recognised that people like her should be at the top table in government and handed her the massively important job helping individuals to transcend the circumstances of their birth.
Opportunity is everything. Outcome as we all know is different.
She is keeping her job as Head Teacher but will set the direction and priorities of the Commission. This is a great appointment.
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