Sir Lenny Henry’s appointment as Birmingham City University chancellor to give young people ‘life-changing opportunities’

His illustrious career has spanned four decades which has seen him play stand-up comedian, charity founder, actor, writer, and blues singer. Now, he can add university chancellor to his CV, a move which is hoped to inspire the students of tomorrow. Birmingham City University (BCU) made the announcement this week that Sir Lenny Henry had visited the campus to start preparing for his five-year term as chancellor. The 57-year-old, who was knighted in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity, said his new role will be…

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Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw calls for twenty-something recruits to be fast-tracked into headships

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of education standards watchdog Ofsted Susannah Ireland Weak headeachers are responsible for too many of the country’s brightest teachers quitting the classroom, the chief schools inspector has warned, as the Government called for precocious twenty-something recruits to be fast-tracked into headships. Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of the education standards watchdog Ofsted, called for more “battlers, bruisers and battle-axes“ to be appointed to run state secondary schools “to fight for better standards”. Too many secondary school heads are putting up with pupils whose uniforms were “all over…

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