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Cameron outlines 'British values' in schools row

David Cameron has outlined the "British values" that he believes should be applied in British schools and said they would have "overwhelming support" across the country.

The Prime Minister specified the values of "freedom, tolerance, respect for the rule of law, belief in personal and social responsibility and respect for British institutions".

Education Secretary Michael Gove yesterday said the Government will consult on new rules that could force schools to "actively promote British values".

Read: Ofsted chief: Gove rejected 'no notice' school visits 2 years ago


Headteachers' union strongly against snap inspections

A headteachers' union has warned it would be strongly against the idea of routine snap schools inspections.

Plans for no-notice Ofsted visits were put forward by Education Secretary Michael Gove in the Commons yesterday in the wake of investigations into allegations of a "Trojan Horse" plot by hard-line Muslims at a number of Birmingham schools.

If no-notice inspections become the routine, we would be opposed to it. It would make it very difficult for our members to engage in school to school support.

Ofsted already has the powers to drop in unannounced if it has concerns. I'm not entirely sure what's achieved by this, other than damaging autonomy in the school system.

– National Association of Head Teachers general secretary Russell Hobby

Ofsted chief: Gove rejected 'no notice' school visits two years ago

Girls claim discrimination at 'Trojan Horse' school

Some girls at a Birmingham school have told ITV News that teachers have discriminated against them on the basis of their gender.

The students from Park View School - which was among six deemed inadequate by Ofsted for failing to protect pupils from the risks of extremist views - were scared to be identified but said girls were sent home from a tennis tournament because they were too "revealing".

The school claims it has been a victim of "knee-jerk" actions from politicians, as ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

Ofsted chief: Inspection plans will 'pick up' problems

Education Secretary Michael Gove's decision to allow unannounced inspections in schools will help uncover problems such as those seen in a number of Birmingham schools, the chief inspector has said.

Asked if Mr Gove should have introduced the measure earlier, Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw said: "We've agreed upon it now, that's the important thing."

Read: Ofsted finds 'culture of fear and intimidation' in schools

Gove escapes schools row without too much damage

by - Political Correspondent
Michael Gove arriving at 10 Downing Street to discuss Ofsted's findings.
Michael Gove arriving at 10 Downing Street to discuss Ofsted's findings. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

By Libby Wiener: Political Correspondent

It has not been quite as bad a day for Michael Gove as some would have expected.

Sir Michael Wilshaw did suggest that it was his idea to have unannounced inspections but he did not lay the blame entirely at Michael Gove's door.

He said that headteachers had been concerned that if inspectors did arrive unannounced then he wouldn't be able to be there.

They went to the Department for Education and the department listened to them and did not go along with this idea earlier.

In that sense this isn't so damaging for Michael Gove. Labour have tried to frame this in terms of a failing of his entire academies policy, but there was some support for Mr Gove from Sir Michael who said that structural changes were not at fault.

Read: Ofsted finds 'culture of fear and intimidation' in schools


Call to give councils more control over schools

Councils should be given back more control over schools, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

David Simmonds, chair of the LGA Children and Young People Board, said: "Parents need to know who is accountable for their local school, but under the current system accountability is confusing and fragmented."

"Local authorities know their schools and the communities they serve and strong local oversight by local authorities is needed to spot warning signs where schools are beginning to cause concern and tackle problems before it is too late.

"Councils need powers to intervene in all underperforming schools quickly and effectively without the need to ask permission from Whitehall."

Labour: May 'avoiding responsibility' for schools letter

Yvette Cooper
Yvette Cooper says Theresa May and Michael Gove indulged in a "blame game".

Labour says Theresa May is still "failing to take responsibility" for the publication of a letter to colleague Michael Gove that appeared to accuse the Department for Education of failing to act over alleged extremist links in some Birmingham schools.

Following Ms May's statement to parliament today, shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: “The Home Secretary claimed she did not authorise the release of her letter to Michael Gove accusing his department of a failure to act to the media or on the Home Office website.

"Yet time and again she refused to answer whether she wrote it in order to leak it, who did release it and why she left it on the website for three days," she added.

“Theresa May didn't write or send the letter until after Michael Gove briefed the Times. Are we really supposed to believe she didn't write it in order to leak it?," Ms Cooper said.

Council leader: Claims 'undermined' relations with public

The leader of Birmingham City Council has told ITV News he is "reassured" that Ofsted's report clearly found no evidence "of a plot or a conspiracy" in relation to any of the city's schools.

Labour Councillor Albert Bore said the release of the Trojan Horse document alleging extremism in some schools had seriously undermined the council with the community.

Read: Ofsted finds 'culture of fear and intimidation' in schools

Governor: Ofsted claims 'whipping up racial hysteria'

The chair of governors at a Luton school deemed inadequate by Ofsted has said the education watchdog's findings were "whipping up racial hysteria".

It is a half-baked, highly politicised report, replete with factual inaccuracies, and based upon an inspection that was abandoned halfway through.

The inspectors come into our school looking for evidence that we promote extremism and intolerance, quizzing nine-year-old children about their attitudes to homosexuality, gay marriage and terrorism.

They found no evidence.

We gave ample evidence of how our school prepares children to participate as active members of British society citing assemblies on topics as diverse as tolerance, love for humanity, law and order, and being British and Muslim.

– Farasat Latif, chair of governors, Olive Tree Primary School

Read: Ofsted finds 'culture of fear and intimidation' in schools

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