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Report: State schools 'isolating' non-Muslims

Schools in Birmingham are illegally segregating pupils, discriminating against non-Muslim students and restricting the GCSE syllabus to “comply with conservative Islamic teaching”, The Telegraph is reporting.

Park View School in Birmingham which is being investigated as part of allegations of a "Trojan Horse" plot Credit: PA

According to the newspaper, Department for Education inspectors said that girls in a school at the centre of the alleged “Trojan Horse” plot were forced to sit at the back of the class, some Christian pupils were left to “teach themselves” and an extremist preacher was invited to speak to children.

The report, into three schools in the city, follows weeks of controversy over the alleged plot to “Islamise” secular schools in Birmingham and will lead to calls for intervention.

Read: Anti-terror chief to head 'Trojan Horse' investigation

Read: Probe into alleged 'Muslim schools plot' widens

Teachers 'pay price for employers flouting the law'

NASUWT's general secretary Chris Keates says most cases of teachers being paid compensation could be avoided if employers followed good employment practices.

The tragedy is that in most cases compensation would be unnecessary if employers followed good employment practices and followed health and safety procedures.

Instead teachers have their careers, lives and health blighted and millions of pounds of public money has to be spent.

Employers flout the law, but it's the teachers and the taxpayers who pay the price.

– NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates


Teacher injured breaking up fight paid more than £300k

The NASUWT's largest assault claim was for a West Midlands secondary school teacher who was injured after being assaulted by two pupils, as she attempted to break up a fight between the pair.

It has been calculated that £40m was paid to teachers in compensation in the past year. Credit: Press Association

She received £113,905 in compensation, plus an additional £200,473 in a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) award.

A 33-year-old college teacher from the East Midlands was given a settlement of £500,000 after sustaining a back injury when a lift she was travelling in at work suddenly dropped from the mezzanine floor to the reception.

A third NASUWT member, from the South East, got a CICA compensation award worth £91,784 after being punched in the mouth by a Year 10 pupil. The 59-year-old suffered a broken root on a tooth and developed post-traumatic stress disorder.

Millions in compensation paid to teachers in last year

Tens of millions of pounds worth of compensation was awarded to teachers in the last year for accidents, attacks and discrimination at work.

It has been calculated that £40m was paid to teachers in compensation in the past year. Credit: Tero Sivula/STT-Lehtikuva/Press Association Images

Figures show a surge in payouts to school staff, with the overall totals reaching record levels.

One 33-year-old West Midlands teacher received more than £300,000 after she was injured breaking up a fight between two pupils.

Information obtained from three of the UK's largest unions show that a number of school staff were handed five or six-figure payouts, with figures indicating that the total amount paid out in compensation last year stretched to more than £40 million.

The NASUWT teaching union said it secured around £20.7 million for its members in 2013 - over 30% more than in 2012.


Thousands miss out on primary school place

File photo showing primary school pupils during a lesson. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Around one in seven children have missed out on their parents' first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places.

Hundreds of thousands of families across the country have been learning which school their child will be attending from this September, in the first ever primary National Offer Day

Early figures indicate that a child's chances of getting their top choice depend heavily on where they live, with almost all getting their first preference in some places, and more than a third missing out in others.

File photo of a primary school pupil at work in a classroom. Credit: PA

A survey conducted by the Press Association, based on responses from more than 50 councils, found that nationally, 86.99% of four-year-olds have won a place at their first preference school this year.

But this means that 13.01% - almost one in seven youngsters - have missed out.

Watch: Primary school places: How to appeal a decision

Appeal 'very difficult' if primary class exceeds 30 pupils

John Walker
John Walker urged worried parents to find out the size of the class their youngster would have been in, if they want to appeal. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Parents who did not get their child into a local primary school should first find out if the class they were hoping to put their youngster in has exceeded 30 pupils, should they want to appeal, a legal expert told Daybreak.

John Walker, who specialises in appeals for school places, said the "first thing" the parents needed to work out if they had an "infant class size appeal".

"In 2000 the Government brought in regulations to say that one teacher can only teach a maximum of 30 children. If that happens, then the test to win the appeal is very, very difficult.

"You either have to show there was a mistake when the initial decision was made or that the decision is so unreasonable that no other school, no other local authority would have made that decision on the family's circumstances."

Mum: 'Nothing is for certain' with primary school places

A mother-of-two has said she has taken "nothing for certain" when trying to get her youngest son into primary school, after the family were initially left out in the cold when trying to find a school for their eldest child.

Sally Johnson, who lives with her family in south London told Daybreak they "had a really bad experience" when trying to get six-year-old Joshua into a nearby school last year.

"We didn't get any of our six schools that we had put down and were given a school further out that just wouldn't have suited our family life. So that was really stressful!"

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