Bushra Nazir CBE has been named Headteacher of the Year 2012 in the Times Educational Supplement’s Schools Awards. In her own word; ‘Nawazish was my mentor.’ Bushra is a member of the Foundation’s Educational Advisory Panel.
We are delighted that Mosaic supporter Bushra Nazir has been named Headteacher of the Year 2012 in the Times Educational Supplement’s Schools Awards. As well as being a busy school head, Bushra is the latest leading light in British education to join Mosaic’s Educationalists’ Panel, a group of dedicated individuals with a track record in the education sector, who come together to advise and support us on our mentoring work in schools.
Bushra was given this prestigious award in recognition of her unique gift for encouraging pupils, her strong commitment to the community, and for turning around the fortunes of Plashet School in East Ham, a deprived area of East London.
She became the first Muslim female headteacher of a state school when she became headteacher at Plashet in 1993. Since then, the school’s GCSE pass rate has doubled, and it has been twice rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – an amazing turnaround for a school that was failing when she took it over.
The judges of the Schools Awards described Bushra as “an inspiration. She is dedicated to her school and to her community, and supports many other education leaders outside it. It is entirely fitting that she should be these awards’ first Headteacher of the Year.”