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Byrne: Task for new commissioner is to 'rebuild trust'

Labour's Liam Byrne said he has welcomed the installation of a new education commissioner after the 'Trojan horse' allegations but the first task would be to see teachers involved "resign" or "be removed."

A number of claims have been published in a Government-commissioned report on the 'Trojan Horse' allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover of Birmingham schools.

Liam Byrne.
Liam Byrne said that the task for the new commissioner is to 'rebuild trust'. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA

The report said that staff at Park View View school invited extremist preacher Shaykh Shady Al-Suleiman to address pupils in assembly.

The Birmingham Hodge Hill MP said that the task now is to "rebuild trust" in Park View school and to ensure that the reputation is turned around, "because its best years now lie ahead".

Read more: 'Clear evidence' of extremist views in Birmingham schools

Clarke: 'Aggressive Islamist agenda' in some schools

A group of individuals tried to introduce an "aggressive Islamist agenda" into some schools in Birmingham, the author of a Government-commissioned report has said.

Former counter-terrorism officer Peter Clarke said his report had uncovered practices that have "no place in state non-faith schools".

Read: 'Trojan Horse' teachers 'thought Lee Rigby death a hoax'

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Minister: Trojan Horse report is 'disturbing'

The Education Secretary has called the findings of Peter Clarke's report on the 'Trojan Horse' plots in Birmingham schools "disturbing".

Nicky Morgan told MPs there was "compelling evidence" that hardline Muslims had tried to gain control of the governing bodies of a small number of schools.

She said there was a "clear account" that people in authority had "not promoted fundamental British values and had failed to challenge the extremist views of others".

Read: Pupils allegedly 'shown images of jihad' in class

Pupils allegedly 'shown images of jihad' in class

Pupils at Golden Hillock school in Birmingham were allegedly shown images of jihad "in a classroom setting", including rockets being launched and battlefields.

Golden Hillock was one of the schools at the centre of the controversy.
Golden Hillock was one of the schools at the centre of the controversy. Credit: PA

It is one of a number of claims in a Government-commissioned report on the 'Trojan Horse' allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover of Birmingham schools

The report also says that staff at Park View View school invited extremist preacher Shaykh Shady Al-Suleiman to address pupils in assembly.

Read: 'Trojan Horse' teachers 'thought Lee Rigby death a hoax'

Teachers' messages show 'intolerant Islamist approach'

Social media exchanges between teachers at Park View School in Birmingham show an "intolerant Islamist approach", according to a Government report into the alleged 'Trojan Horse' plot.

The report's author, Peter Clarke, says the discussions on the WhatsApp messaging site give a "clear and disturbing insight" into the attitudes of some of the teachers at the school.

Among the topics discussed were Lee Rigby's murder, the Boston Marathon bombings, segregation in schools, along with what Clarke calls "explicit homophobia".

Clarke also said there was a "a constant undercurrent of anti-Western, anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment" in the postings.

Read: 'Trojan Horse' teachers 'thought Lee Rigby death a hoax'

'Trojan Horse' teachers 'thought Lee Rigby death a hoax'

Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists in May 2013.
Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists in May 2013. Credit: Reuters

Teachers at schools involved in the 'Trojan Horse' investigation allegedly claimed the murder of Lee Rigby was "some kind of staged event or hoax", according to a government report.

The report's author, retired counter-terrorism officer Peter Clarke, analysed the contents of a social media discussion between teachers at Park View School who called themselves 'The Park View Brotherhood'.

The teachers allegedly joked about Lee Rigby's death on the WhatsApp messaging service.
The teachers allegedly joked about Lee Rigby's death on the WhatsApp messaging service. Credit: Daniel Reinhardt/DPA/Press Association Images

Clarke's report says the group of teachers exchanged "highly offensive comments about British service personnel" on the WhatsApp messaging service.

He also described the general contents of the teachers' discussions as "grossly intolerant of beliefs and practices other than their own".

Read: School chiefs and parents 'involved in promoting Islam'

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Government report due on 'Trojan Horse' allegations

The Government is set to release a key report on the allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover of certain schools in Birmingham.

Former counter-terrorism officer Peter Clarke was enlisted by then Education Secretary Michael Gove to look into the 'Trojan Horse' claims.

Former counter-terror chief Peter Clarke has written a report for the Government on the 'Trojan Horse' allegations.
Former counter-terror chief Peter Clarke has written a report for the Government on the 'Trojan Horse' allegations. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Birmingham City Council have already released their own report, saying there had been a pattern of behaviour from certain individuals who had been "moving between schools".

Former head teacher Ian Kershaw also said there were individuals "seeking to promote and encourage Islamic principles" and raising objections to "anti-Islamic" aspects of the school curriculum.

Read: School chiefs and parents 'involved in promoting Islam'

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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