Headmistress, Michaela Community School
Katharine Birbalsingh is Headmistress at Michaela Community School in Brent, a secondary free school that opened in September 2014. The school recently published a book entitled The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers to explain their different approach to schooling. Katharine’s book To Miss with Love described what she saw as the failings of the education system in 2011. The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers and Michaela present possible solutions. Michaela is known for tough-love behaviour systems, knowledge teaching and valuing kindness and gratitude. Katharine read Philosophy & Modern Languages at Oxford University and has always taught in inner London. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio and has written for several national publications.