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London headteacher to be Social Mobility Commission chair

Image: Jørgen Schyberg [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Katharine Birbalsingh set to take over a year after resignation of Martina Milburn

Katharine Birbalsingh, headteacher of Michaela Community School in north London, is set to be the next chair of the Social Mobility Commission after the government named her as the preferred candidate for the role.

Birbalsingh (pictured) first came to prominence in 2010 when, as a French teacher, she gave a speech at the Conservative Party Conference, in which she criticised a “culture of excuses, low standards and expecting the very least from our poorest and most disadvantaged” within the UK education system.

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