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The Michaela School: Tiger teachers burning bright

What can we learn from an ultra-strict free school?

By Patrick Alexander  

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The sign outside the Michaela Community School reads “Private School Ethos—No Fees.” Having taught in the state sector for ten years, this was tough to swallow. But Michaela, a small secondary school in north London, likes to challenge. In fact it is perhaps the most radical embodiment of the neo-traditional movement in British education, and the press have dubbed it “England’s strictest school.”

Founded in 2014, Michaela is a non-selective secondary and a free school—state-funded, but administered independently. It is situated in Brent, one of the worst…

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