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Trojan Horse school parents want new governors

Hundreds of parents attend meeting Credit: Liam Byrne MP

The Birmingham Hodge Hill Labour MP Liam Byrne has thanked the hundreds of parents who attended a meeting to discuss the way forward for Birmingham schools involved in the Trojan Horse allegations. On his blog he said the large majority of parents want governors to resign.

He said he'd be presenting a five point plan to the Secretary of State for Education today. The plan is as follows:

  • Parents stand united in their demand for excellent education for their children.

  • Parents want to meet with the head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw.

  • The large majority of parents wanted governors to resign now.

  • Parents want to have the chance to select new governing team.

  • Parents would like back up from local outstanding school leaders who know and serve the community.

Councils "need more powers" to keep schools in check

Park View School was one of five put in Special Measures by Ofsted. Credit: ITV News Central

The Local Government Association says councils must be given more powers to keep checks on schools and to intervene when concerns are raised.

It comes after five schools in Birmingham were placed in special measures by Ofsted after allegations some were being radicalised by hardline Muslims. The government says swift action will be taken in cases where academies are struggling.

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Department for Education responds to public meeting comments on 'Islamophobia'

The Department of Education has responded to comments made at a public meeting last night that suggested 'Islamophobia' was behind recent Ofsted reports on schools in Birmingham.

21 schools were inspected following the so-called 'Trojan Horse' allegations that hardline Muslims were allegedly trying to take control of schools in the city. Five were found to be 'inadequate'.

At last night's meeting, some parents and teachers said they felt it was a continued 'attack on Muslims'.

Tonight, the Department for Education said it was only right that the schools were investigated following the allegations.

The allegations made in relation to some schools are very serious and it is only right that Ofsted and the DfE investigated them. We would be failing in our duty if we ignored this evidence and did not intervene.

The overwhelming majority of British Muslim parents want their children to grow up in schools that open doors rather than close minds, and it is on their behalf that we must act.

All children have a right to be kept safe in schools and receive the high quality education they deserve. Schools must offer a broad and balanced curriculum and ensure they are welcoming and inclusive to students of all faith and none.

– Department for Education spokesperson

Community leaders encourage co-operation between social groups

A meeting took place today between community leaders in Birmingham who are encouraging co-operation between the city's different social groups in light of the so-called 'Trojan Horse' allegations.

Reverend Oliver Coss, of All Saints Church in Small Heath, said:

Having something like this come crashing down in the middle of the community is a little like throwing a bowling ball at a load of pins - it scatters everything everywhere and tends to cause trouble where you least expect it...

...But I think that actually the communities will come together and be stronger as a result of this; people of faith will find they've actually got something in common, people will find that they have something in common as well in the education of their children and young people.

Parents and teachers blame Islamophobia for Ofsted reports

Some parents and teachers in Birmingham have claimed that Islamophobia was behind the damning Ofsted reports into a number of the city's schools.

A public meeting was held last night after five schools were placed in Special Measures.

Parents and teachers were heard to say:

At the end of the day I just think it's a continuation of attack on the Muslims - I'm not very happy with that.

We feel we're being targeted. We feel all that we're doing - every day we wake up and do what's best for your children.

It's definitely making us feel intimidated and vilified.

The Ofsted rulings followed the so-called 'Trojan Horse' allegations, which claim schools were being radicalised by hardline Muslims.

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Cameron outlines 'British values' in schools row

David Cameron has outlined the "British values" that he believes should be applied in British schools and said they would have "overwhelming support" across the country.

The Prime Minister specified the values of "freedom, tolerance, respect for the rule of law, belief in personal and social responsibility and respect for British institutions".

Education Secretary Michael Gove yesterday said the Government will consult on new rules that could force schools to "actively promote British values".

Read: Ofsted chief: Gove rejected 'no notice' school visits 2 years ago

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