Free school closure a 'concern'

Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg has said that the temporary closure of a Muslim free school in Derby raises questions about the Government's overnight of the pioneering new schools.

Labour: 'Urgent clarification' needed on school closure

Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg has written a letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove demanding urgent clarification over the temporary closure of a Muslim free school in derby.

This is, of course, not the first time that there have been questions surrounding your department's oversight of a free school.

While I understand that there is an ongoing investigation, the reports concerning this school are of extreme concern to parents and the wider community.

Given the confusion as to why the school has closed, and that pupils may be returning to the school on Monday, I would ask that these matters be clarified urgently in order to reassure the public.

– Stephen Twigg, Shadow Education Secretary

Labour: Muslim free school closure raises questions

The temporary closure of a Muslim free school has raised serious questions about ministerial oversight of the creation of the Government's flagship institutions, Labour has said.

The Al-Madinah school in Derby is undergoing an Ofted inspection
The Al-Madinah school in Derby is undergoing an Ofted inspection Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said swift answers were needed about the Al-Madinah school in Derby, and that the situation must be "clarified urgently in order to reassure the public".

The school opened in September last year but closed its doors temporarily on Tuesday over a health and safety issue just hours after Ofsted began an inspection.

It follows claims that female teachers at the school - which claims a "strong Muslim ethos" - were forced to wear hijabs even if they were not Muslim.

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