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Nicky Morgan: Ofsted reports 'very concerning'

The Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan said the findings of the Ofsted report into seven schools in the Tower Hamlets district of east London were "very concerning", and that they expected improvements to be made "within weeks".

We asked Ofsted to carry out these independent school inspections and the findings are very concerning.

While there is no suggestion of a co-ordinated plot, it is clear that these schools are failing children and this is unacceptable. All schools must prepare children for life in modern Britain.

We will now be demanding urgent action plans from the independent schools and expect to see improvements within weeks. If changes are not made then we reserve the right to force the closures of the schools involved.

– Nicky Morgan
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Tower Hamlets schools could be shut down over extremism fears

Tower Hamlets Credit: PA

Six independent schools in Tower Hamlets could be shut down by the Department of Education if they fail to improve.

The schools are due to be served 'notices to improve' by the government on Monday. If they don't comply, the government then has the power to close them by removing them from the Independent Schools Register.

It follows an Ofsted report which found the schools were failing to protect children from Islamic extremism. A state school, Sir John Cass Red Coat School, has already been placed in special measures by the government.

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Ofsted: East London schools 'vulnerable to extremism'

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.

East London Mosque school 'not teaching curriculum'

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 inspection report
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