Oct 3rd, 2019
Julia’s guest is Katharine Birbalsingh, founder and headteacher of Michaela Community School, a free school in inner-city London. Katharine first hit the headlines when she bravely spoke out about failing state schools at the Tory party conference in 2010.
She was forced out of her deputy head job by the “Education Blob”, leading her to set up her own “free school” in a deprived inner-city neighbourhood where pupils have achieved astonishing results against all the odds.
Katharine and Julia discuss why the Labour Party’s controversial new policy to abolish private schools WON’T improve standards for state school pupils, why teachers are failing so many pupils from poorer homes, and why “old fashioned” discipline and teaching methods are the way to deliver a top-class education for every child.
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