'Trojan horse' board of trustees announces resignation

Tahir Alam, chairman of the Park View Educational Trust which was at the centre of the alleged "Trojan Horse" Islamist takeover plot in Birmingham schools, has announced that he and his entire board of trustees is to resign.

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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 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.”

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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".

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