We are proud to announce that the Leeds Learning Alliance’s CEO Simon Flowers has today been named on the King’s Birthday Honours list to receive an OBE for services to education.

Simon Flowers, of Carr Manor Community School, has led work beyond his school which has encouraged exemplary inclusive practice in Leeds. The school has informed the work of the DfE in developing character education and inclusion, and regularly supports visitors from schools and education experts in this country and abroad for its pioneering work.

Nationally, Mr Flowers has led on the development of restorative practices in education, leading study visits developing the underpinning theory of the practice and informing the implementation of inclusive practice in schools across the country.

Andrew Tidswell, Chair of Governors at Carr Manor Community School, said: “I have had the pleasure of working with, and getting to know, Simon Flowers over the last 16 years; in my capacity as the father of 2 children who attended CMCS, a parent governor and, for the last 9 years, as Chair of Governors. During this time, I have been inspired by Simon’s dedication and commitment to inclusive education.”

Mr Flowers commented, “I feel deeply honoured to be recognised, and thank all those colleagues, governors, children and families whom I have had the privilege to work with and to serve. This award is recognition of our commitment to providing opportunities for all. My parents were passionate and committed advocates of public service and I am tremendously grateful for the drive and dedication to endeavour to support others that they instilled in me.”