Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is demanding urgent action from six private London Muslim schools, after Ofsted raised serious concerns that pupils might have been left vulnerable to radicalisation and their welfare put "at serious risk".
Pupils at six private Muslim schools may be "vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation", Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned as the watchdog published a series of highly-critical reports.
In an advice note to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Sir Michael said he was "extremely concerned" about the large number of failings in each of the six independent schools inspected in Tower Hamlets, east London.
In all of the schools, pupils' physical and educational welfare is "at serious risk", Sir Michael said as stressed the need to take urgent action to address the situation.
A number of schools in East London have criticised for not protecting children from the threat of Islamic extremism, and spending too much time teaching the Qur'an instead of the national curriculum.
The Al-Mizan independent school,located inside the East London Mosque and managed by the East London Mosque Educational Trust, was found to be inadequate in every inspection criteria.
The school website states that pupils will be taught the National Curriculum. In practice, this does not happen.
School leaders accept that their information about pupils’ progress in English, mathematics and science is inaccurate. In contrast, a rigorous system is in place to track pupils’ progress, homework and fluency in memorising the Qur’an.
Ofsted have criticised a state-run school in east London was not doing enough to protect its pupils from the threat of Islamic extremism.
In one of seven reports into schools in the area, inspectors found there was inadequate protection for young people and that girls were being prevented from having equal access to school facilities.
Ofsted found that the school failed to monitor the online activities of the sixth-form Islamic society, which included a Facebook page with links to radical preachers. The most recent report said that despite police warnings on these links, leaders within the school failed to act.
Leaders have organised separate boys’ and girls’ entrances and exits to the school. Although there are mixed dining and study areas, segregated boys’ and girls’ outdoor and indoor spaces are provided at breaktimes and lunchtimes.
As a consequence, boys and girls do not have equal access to the school’s facilities. For example, girls cannot use the football cages provided in the boys’ playground.
An unannounced inspection by Ofsted on a number of schools across the London district of Tower Hamlets have revealed serious failings in levels of teaching and care provided to children.
In the first of several reports due out this morning, Ofsted found that the Jamiatul Ummah School, an independent secondary school which caters to children mainly from Bangladeshi backgrounds, was "inadequate" and failing students in all of the inspection criteria. The inspection found:
School leaders provide a good range of opportunities for students to study and practice their Islamic faith. However, in other respects students are not provided with a broad and balanced curriculum.
The narrowness of the curriculum means that students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, in particular their understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance, is underdeveloped.
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