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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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

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