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Teachers recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

18/06/2012 Kelly
Head teachers from across the UK have been recognised by the Queen for their sterling efforts.

A number of heads as well as people in other teaching jobs were celebrated during the Queen's Birthday Honours this year, the BBC reported, with a number of knighthoods, 12 OBEs and two CBEs presented.

Leading the honours was Robin Bosher, a renowned 'super head' who played a major role in reversing the fortunes of three inner city primary schools in London.

Sir Robin, as he is now known, was knighted in recognition of his school improvement project London Challenge – which saw him successfully run three primary schools as executive head teacher over a five-year period.

The pioneering head teacher first led the improvements at Lewisham's Fairlawn Primary School before being appointed executive head teacher at Haseltine Primary and Kilmorie Primary, both of which were considered to be schools suffering from extremely challenging circumstances.

He told the news provider that though he was surprised to be knighted, he considered it a "great honour".

"I've been very fortunate to be a head teacher for 24 years. It's been a huge pleasure to have so much influence over children's lives and to help transform them," he added.

Others in education jobs who were recognised with awards included Doreen White, the social area supervisor at Grimsby's Franklin Sixth Form College.

Having worked at the college since it first opened 21 years ago, Ms White was awarded an MBE in recognition of her commitment to the education of its students.

Speaking to the BBC, principal Trevor Wray said: "She's a confidante and a friend to the students.

"She's worked with all sorts of people over the years. She is brilliant at helping the teachers to build relationships with young people."

Peter Birkett, the chief executive at Barnfield Federation of schools and colleges, also received a knighthood.

A big supporter of the academies project, Sir Peter led Barnfield as it became the first English college to sponsor secondary schools that were under-performing and his work contributed to a three-fold improvement in GCSE results at all three establishments.

Meanwhile, the government has announced that so-called 'behaviour tsar' and outstanding head teacher Charlie Taylor will take up a new role as chief executive of the Teaching Agency.

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