Ofsted chief takes charge of 'Muslim schools plot' probe

Ofsted head Michael Wilshaw is to take personal charge of the watchdog's investigation into allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover plot at Birmingham schools. Former anti-terror chief Peter Clarke will examine the allegations for the Government.

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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."

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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.

'Trojan Horse' school tells of 'disruption bid'

Attempts were made to destabilise a Birmingham school named in the alleged "Trojan Horse" takeover plot, its governors have claimed.

In a statement issued after the arrest of four of its former staff members as part of a fraud inquiry, Adderley Primary alleged that a well organised group had tried to disrupt the school.

The school is one of four which were named in the "Trojan Horse" letter purporting to detail efforts by Muslim hard-liners to take over the management of several Birmingham schools.

Adderley Primary is located in the Saltley area of Birmingham. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

In its statement to parents, Adderley Primary's governing body confirmed that several headteachers in the city had informed the authorities of "malicious and targeted" efforts to remove them from their posts.

"Attempts have been made at Adderley to destabilise the school by a very small but well organised group of individuals," the statement read.

Report: State schools 'isolating' non-Muslims

Schools in Birmingham are illegally segregating pupils, discriminating against non-Muslim students and restricting the GCSE syllabus to “comply with conservative Islamic teaching”, The Telegraph is reporting.

Park View School in Birmingham which is being investigated as part of allegations of a "Trojan Horse" plot Credit: PA

According to the newspaper, Department for Education inspectors said that girls in a school at the centre of the alleged “Trojan Horse” plot were forced to sit at the back of the class, some Christian pupils were left to “teach themselves” and an extremist preacher was invited to speak to children.

The report, into three schools in the city, follows weeks of controversy over the alleged plot to “Islamise” secular schools in Birmingham and will lead to calls for intervention.

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David Cameron consulted over former terror chief

ITV news has been told that concerns about the education commissioner appointment are shared by two government departments.

David Cameron was consulted by the Department for Education over the use of a former terror chief to investigate education.

David Cameron was consulted. Credit: PA

Sources here in Birmingham have told us that when consulted two government departments told the Department for Education they didn't agree with it.

Two govt departments 'against commissioner choice'

Sources in Birmingham have told ITV News that two government departments did not agree with the Department For Education's choice for education commissioner.

Birmingham schools investigator is 'missed opportunity'

The Leader of Birmingham City Council has expressed concern over the appointment of an independent Education Commissioner to investigate allegations of extremism and radicalism in 25 city schools.

Sir Albert Bore said the announcement seemed a "missed opportunity", and warned the new commissioner Peter Clarke to ensure his work "does not undermine the confidence of our communities".

At first sight, today’s announcement of an Independent Commissioner is a missed opportunity to strengthen our co-ordinated approach to addressing these very serious matters.

Peter Clarke will need to give careful consideration to building a strong relationship with us and, given his recent counter-terrorism responsibilities in London, ensure that his investigation does not undermine the confidence of our communities.

– Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council

However, he said that "in the interests of the children and young people of the city", he will ensure that Peter Clarke has "every opportunity to add value" to the work being done.

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