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Government report due on 'Trojan Horse' allegations

The Government is set to release a key report on the allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover of certain schools in Birmingham.

Former counter-terrorism officer Peter Clarke was enlisted by then Education Secretary Michael Gove to look into the 'Trojan Horse' claims.

Former counter-terror chief Peter Clarke has written a report for the Government on the 'Trojan Horse' allegations.
Former counter-terror chief Peter Clarke has written a report for the Government on the 'Trojan Horse' allegations. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Birmingham City Council have already released their own report, saying there had been a pattern of behaviour from certain individuals who had been "moving between schools".

Former head teacher Ian Kershaw also said there were individuals "seeking to promote and encourage Islamic principles" and raising objections to "anti-Islamic" aspects of the school curriculum.

Read: School chiefs and parents 'involved in promoting Islam'

'Trojan horse' report into 'islamification' of schools

Park View, one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations
Park View, one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations Credit: ITV News Central

Key findings of a Birmingham City Council report into the alleged islamification of schools named in the so-called 'Trojan Horse' group will be published today.

Former headteacher Ian Kershaw was appointed to work on the investigation in April.

It comes after four schools were placed in special measures by Ofsted, after an anonymous letter earlier this year alleged Muslims with hardline views were attempting to take control of schools in the city.

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Trojan Horse: Department for Education 'aware' of Park View Trust resignations

Park View was one of the trust's three schools placed in special measures by Ofsted
Park View was one of the trust's three schools placed in special measures by Ofsted Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The Department for Education has released a statement following the resignations of the members of the education trust at the centre of the alleged "Trojan Horse" takeover plot in Birmingham schools.

Tahir Alam, of the Park View Educational Trust, made the announcement today outside the gates of Park View Academy in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

A DfE spokesperson said:

“We are aware of the decision of the Park View Educational Trust to stand down. There will be three outstanding heads on the trust, whose immediate task for the new trustees will be to address the areas for improvement raised by the EFA and Ofsted reports and move it towards a successful sponsor.”

Read: Park View board resign 'with deep sense of injustice'

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Gove 'driving force' behind 'unfair scrutiny' of schools

Park View is one of 21 schools in the area now being probed by Ofsted over the alleged Operation Trojan Horse. Credit: Google Maps

The chairman of the Park View Educational Trust launched a scathing attack on outgoing Education Secretary Michael Gove, Ofsted and others, as he announced he would be standing down.

Mr Alam claimed Mr Gove had been "the driving force" behind what he claimed was unfair scrutiny, and that "deep mistrust at the heart of Government" had allowed the views of disgruntled former staff to gain traction.

He said the trust had been the victim of "a vicious and co-ordinated offensive" by Ofsted, the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Department for Education (DfE) which carried out eight inspections in four months.

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Trojan Horse: Park View board resign 'with deep sense of injustice'

The members of the education trust at the centre of the alleged "Trojan Horse" takeover plot in Birmingham schools have resigned "with a deep sense of injustice and sadness."

Tahir Alam, of the Park View Educational Trust, made the announcement today outside the gates of Park View Academy in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

The allegations in an anonymous letter - now widely held to be a hoax - claim the existence of hardline Muslims attempting to seize control of Birmingham schools.

Those allegations triggered several inquiries and last month the trust's three schools were placed in special measures by Ofsted.

Mr Alam has always denied any wrongdoing and branded the investigations "a witch hunt".

Trojan Horse: Park View Educational Trust to resign

The school governors for Park View, the school at the centre of the "Trojan Horse" allegations, say they will resign from their positions.

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Worcester schoolchildren moved due to water problems

Pupils are being moved away from the site for the next year. Credit: Google Street View

Children at a school in Worcestershire are being relocated for a year, after long-term problems with water getting into the building.

They've been using de-humidifiers 14 hours a day, every day, at Colwall Church of England Primary School in Malvern.

Pupils will be moved into temporary buildings from September while major work to fix the issue is carried out.

Disruption at Walsall Council due to strike action

Council bosses have said there has been disruption to its services today because of strike action.

Frontline services have been running as normal although rubbish collections in the borough have been affected.

Walsall Gala Baths closed at 3pm.

Domestic household waste collections have been disrupted in Fishley/Little Bloxwich, Goscote, Bloxwich North, Harden(part), Sandbank area, Leamore(part), Short Heath and Coppice Farm.

A number of schools are closed, garden waste collections have been suspended and Walsall Leather Museum has been shut all day.

"I would like to apologise to those residents who have been inconvenienced today as a result of the industrial action."Where there has been an impact, such as rubbish collections, we have put plans in place to ensure that the disruption is kept to a minimum and I would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding."

– Councillor Mike Bird, Walsall Council leader
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