Ms Birbalsingh is founder and headteacher at Michaela Community School in Wembley Park, north-west London. She is a prominent advocate of “small c conservative” values in British education. Michaela Community School prides itself on traditional teacher led learning, discipline and patriotism to create a sense of belonging.
Nearly half the pupils at the school have English as a second language.
Speaking to Express.co.uk Ms Birbalsingh said: “Everyone is taught this real sense of shame over British history.
“I think our political classes and unfortunately our education system divides our children, race plays far too important a point on this.
“It shouldn’t matter what colour you are, we’re all British and when as a teacher you deny that feeling of Britishness to your children, in particular to your ethnic minority children, you are doing them a great disservice.
“Feeling like you belong and feeling British are one of the basic building blocks of being successful.”
Michaela Community School is a free school, meaning its state funded but largely independent of local authority control.
Michael Gove, as Education Secretary from 2010 to 2014, oversaw a dramatic increase in the number and acceptability of free schools in the UK.
Ms Birbalsingh believes a sense of patriotism and shared belonging are integral to a successful society.
She explained: “I know how important it is for our children, especially children in the inner city, to feel like they belong.
“Because if they don’t feel British we are all in trouble.
“Everyone has to buy into British values and those values ought to be personal responsibility, duty, obligation and a belief in country.”
Michaela Community School was rated outstanding when inspected by Ofsted in 2017.