Five members of the government’s headteacher boards, which advise regional schools commissioners, are set for recognition in the Queen’s new year’s honours list.
The group will become Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), or Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), Schools Week reports.
Among them is Seamus Oates, chief executive of London’s Tri-Borough Alternative Provision multi academy trust, who was recently appointed to advise north west London and south central England commissioner Martin Post.
Oates will be made a CBE and told Schools Week the honour was a “privilege”, saying:
“I am grateful to have the support and encouragement of all the TBAP staff and learners. This award honours their enthusiasm, dedication and determination to succeed.”
Roger Pope, chief executive of Academies South West and executive principal at Kingsbridge Community College in Devon, is also to be made a CBE. He previously served on the headteacher board for the south west of England. Commenting on the award, Pope said:
“I am lucky to enjoy my job immensely. To gain an honour as well is just a joy.”
Other headteacher board members recognised include Jane Acklam, chief executive of the Moor End Academies Trust; Brian Hooper, the former boss of Ambitions Academies Trust; and Alison Beane, executive head of several schools in the Solent Academies Trust.
Of the 69 honours for services related to schools in England, 11 are for leaders in academy trusts, compared to eight of the 69 awarded last year. Most of these will be awarded as CBEs or OBEs.
This year, 11 honours are being awarded specifically for services to children with special educational needs (SEND), slightly less than last year’s 14 SEN awards.
A number of faith education leaders and civil servants are also being recognised.
Angela Cox, who oversees the provision of Catholic education across the Diocese of Leeds, will be made an OBE.
Hardip Begol, the DfE’s director for independent education, safeguarding in schools and counter-extremism, will also be made a CBE. He was involved in the government’s investigation into extremism in Birmingham schools.