The Department for Education today announced a dedicated education commissioner has been appointed to examine allegations that schools in Birmingham are being targeted by a hardline Muslim plot.
Peter Clarke will work with Birmingham City Council to analyse reports that extremists are trying to infiltrate and take over academies and council-run schools to push their agenda.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said he was "extremely concerned" by the allegations.
I have already asked Ofsted to inspect a number of schools of concern and these investigations are ongoing. But wider, more comprehensive action is needed.
These allegations need either to be substantiated and firm action taken, or to be shown to be baseless. We cannot allow uncertainty for parents or pupils to persist.
That is why I am appointing a Commissioner to oversee this work.
Peter Clarke brings a wealth of relevant skills and experience, and is very well placed to lead a fair and thorough assessment of the evidence, and report back to me. We expect he will work closely with Birmingham City Council.
No pupils should be exposed to extremist views or radicalisation while at school.
I have tasked Peter Clarke with getting to the bottom of these allegations, so schools in Birmingham can continue the excellent progress that so many have been making.
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