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Claims ignored 'due to fear of being labeled racist'

The leader of Birmingham City Council has accepted that the authority had "shied away" from dealing with governance issues in a number of east Birmingham schools "out of a misguided fear of being accused of racism".

Sir Albert Bore said issues about the schools had been raised as early as 2007.
Sir Albert Bore said issues about the schools had been raised as early as 2007. Credit: ITV News

Sir Albert Bore said despite having issues raised to the council and the Department for Education since 2007, "opportunities to pull together an overview of what was happening in east Birmingham were missed".

The report has highlighted areas where we have either taken no action, were too slow to take action, or have simply done the wrong thing. The report further states this has often been because of the risk of being seen as racist or Islamophobic.

Our proper commitment to cohesion in communities sometimes overrode the need to tackle difficult questions about what was happening in a small number of schools.

– Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council

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School chiefs and parents 'involved in promoting Islam'

Governors, deputy and acting headteachers, trustees and parents were involved in a pattern of behaviour "moving between schools" in Birmingham, an inquiry into alleged 'Trojan Horse' schools has found.

In a 151-page report for Birmingham City Council, Ian Kershaw concluded: "The evidence shows individuals have been seeking to promote and encourage Islamic principles in the schools with which they are involved, by seeking to introduce Islamic collective worship, or raising objections to elements of the school curriculum that are viewed as anti-Islamic."

Mr Kershaw's report said the problems had been allowed to run "unchecked" due to what he branded "weaknesses in the system and poor oversight of governance" mainly by the city council, but also by Ofsted, the Education Funding Agency and the DfE.

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Headteachers reject police chief's holidays request

Headteachers have rejected a controversial request from Humberside 's Chief Constable Justine Curran to allow her officers' children to have term-time holidays.

Justine Curran
Justine Curran Credit: Press Association

Ms Curran made the request because many are unable to take time off with their families during school holidays because of work commitments.

But the National Association of Headteachers rejected the proposal saying if they make an exceptional case for one profession, it opens the floodgates for others.

Read: Police officers' children requested to be allowed term-time absences

Gove attacks 'vested interests' in children's education

Education reform must continue despite the efforts of "vested interests" opposed to change, Michael Gove has said.

The Education Secretary declared "a child's education is only ever as good as their teacher", and said the focus will remain on improving the quality of teaching.

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Education Secretary Michael Gove wrote a joint letter with Spain and Portugal' education ministers. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Writing in a joint letter with Spain and Portugal's education ministers, published in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Gove said: "Our struggle has not always been easy.

"All of us have been opposed by vested interests determined to hold back reform, insisting that things must stay the same. We understand that change can be difficult. But it must happen."

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