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Ofsted places five schools in special measures after 'Trojan Horse' claims

Ofsted has revealed five of the 21 schools investigated following allegations of a takeover plot by hard-line Muslims are to be placed in special measures after receiving ratings of "inadequate".

A sixth school - Alston Primary - is already in special measures.

The Birmingham schools that received ratings of "inadequate" are as follows:

Park View School - Alum Rock

File photo of Park View School in Birmingham. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Ofsted found the school's work to raise students' awareness of the risks of extremism was inadequate while external speakers were not vetted properly, including those who speak to students "as part of Islamic-themed assemblies".

  • Students are not taught how to use the internet safely or effective sex education
  • Equality of opportunity is not promoted well
  • Few opportunities for students to learn about different beliefs and cultures
  • A "significant number" of staff have no confidence in senior leaders or governors
  • Staff believe governors inappropriately involve themselves in the school
  • Some feel intimidated and are fearful of speaking up against the changes
  • Leaders and governors do not evaluate the academy's work rigorously enough

Golden Hillock School - Sparkhill

File photo of Golden Hillock School in Birmingham. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Ofsted's report, which finds Golden Hillock School "inadequate" in all categories, states too little is done to keep students safe from the risks associated with extremist views.

  • Some staff are concerned about perceived unfairness and lack of transparency
  • Some female staff complain they are spoken to in an "intimidating" manner
  • The equalities policy is not fit for purpose
  • Leaders do not adequately monitor progress of specific groups

Nansen Primary School - Birmingham

File photo of Nansen Primary School in Birmingham. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The primary school was found to be "inadequate" when it came to governance, safety, pupils’ cultural development, equal opportunities and the teaching of religious education.

  • Body does not adopt effective strategies to develop pupils' awareness of extremism
  • Pupils' understanding of different traditions or religions is not developed
  • Pupils are not taught how to deal with different types of bullying
  • Teachers are not given reasonable scope to carry out day-to-day activities
  • Many staff are fearful of losing their jobs if they challenge decisions

Oldknow Academy - Small Heath

Oldknow Academy in Birmingham. Credit: Google Street View

Ofsted said the chair and other governors exert too much control over operational matters and endeavour to promote a "particular and narrow faith-based ideology" in a non-faith school

  • Governors do not safeguard pupils from risks of radicalisation and extremism
  • Small group of governors endeavouring to promote narrow faith-based ideology
  • Many staff members are afraid to speak out against the changes taking place
  • Recruitment arrangements inadequate
  • Pupils and staff not equipped well enough to deal with risk of extreme views

Saltley School and Specialist Science College - Small Heath

Saltley School and Specialist Science College in Birmingham. Credit: Google Street View

Many governors refuse to accept that the school is in a state of crisis and interfere with the day-to-day running of the school.

  • Some staff feel intimidated by their colleagues and feel they cannot talk freely
  • Neither senior leaders nor governors can be sure whether students are safe
  • In a few lessons students are disrespectful to each other and staff
  • Leaders have no confidence in the governing body
  • Very little teaching across the school is good

Alston Primary School - Bordesley Green East

Alston Primary School in Birmingham. Credit: Google Street View

As this school was already in special measures, Ofsted did not make a judgement on its leadership and management. However it suggested:

  • Interim executive board must regularly discuss, review and evaluate safeguards
  • Review and update key policies, including those on equality and discrimination
  • Engage with local officers to keep staff and pupils safe from extremism risks

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