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School: FBI warning over teacher is 'shocking revelation'

Southbank International School's chair of governors is former Ofsted chief inspector Sir Chris Woodhead.

Responding to the FBI's warning that pupils at the school may have been targeted by US paedophile teacher William Vahey, he told The Guardian:

This is a completely shocking revelation.

We are co-operating with what is now an international police inquiry.

Vahey taught at the prestigious private school for four years and had a home in London, as well as in the US.

He was jailed for child sex offences in California in 1969.

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Ofsted head to lead 'Trojan Horse' probe

The head of Ofsted is to take a "personal lead" in the watchdog's investigation into allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover plot at a number of Birmingham schools, it has been announced.

Sir Michael Wilshaw is to visit the city next week to meet those directly involved in the inspections.

Sir Michael Wilshaw will visit Birmingham next week. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Ofsted has assessed more than a dozen Birmingham schools in recent weeks in the wake of the so-called "Trojan Horse" allegations and the findings are expected to be published in early May.

An Ofsted spokesman said: "Sir Michael has made clear that he is taking a personal lead in agreeing the individual reports and ensuring that they fully address concerns that have been raised."

Trojan Horse: Six schools 'to face special measures'

Six schools implicated in the so-called "Trojan Horse" plot by extremists to "Islamise" secular state education are set to be placed in “special measures” by Ofsted, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Golden Hillock School and Nursery in Birmingham which is being investigated as part of allegations of a hardline Islamist takeover plot Credit: PA

According to the newspaper, the six will be rated “inadequate” by the schools inspectorate after a series of snap inspections over the past few weeks.

Ofsted will reportedly also take action at a further nine schools in the city.

Only one of the 17 schools inspected by Ofsted so far in connection with the alleged plotis said to have received a clean bill of health, although one report is yet to be completed.

Read: Probe into alleged 'Muslim schools plot'

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Ofsted to inspect 15 Birmingham schools over claims

The Secretary of State for education has asked Ofsted to inspect 15 schools in Birmingham in the light of allegations made and inspections are "ongoing".

The allegations made in relation to some schools in Birmingham are very serious and we are investigating all evidence put to us in conjunction with Ofsted, Birmingham City Council and the police.

It is absolutely vital these investigations are carried out impartially, without pre-judgment. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

– Department for Education spokesperson

Allegations of extremism in Birmingham's schools

Park View Educational Trust has been at the centre of allegations of extremism in schools. The Trust runs three schools in Birmingham - all of which have been subjected to snap Ofsted inspections in recent weeks.

Anonymous whistle-blowers, including former teachers, have also come forward since the Trojan Horse claims hit the headlines.

The allegations include:

  • Segregation of boys and girls in classes and assemblies
  • A ban on sex education
  • Bullying of non-Muslim staff
  • Staff member praised al Qaida-linked Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in an assembly

School trustees have firmly denied all the claims, branding the allegations "a witch-hunt".

Read: Birmingham investigating 25 schools over extremism claims

Mental health problems in teachers rise by 'over a third'

The number of teachers suffering from mental health problems due to the pressures of their profession has risen by over a third, a survey has revealed.

Read: School Ofsted inspections to be overhauled

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More and more teachers are suffering under their increased workload, the ATL found. Picture posed by model. Credit: PA

Some 38% of teachers told the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) there had been a rise in mental health problems among their colleagues over the last two years.

And over half (55%) of the 925 education staff quizzed said their job has had a negative effect on their mental health.

ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted said she was shocked at the results, but felt the data spoke for itself.

"Teachers, lecturers, support staff and heads are now so over-worked that it comes as no surprise that so many in the education profession suffer from stress, depression and other mental health issues," she said.

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