Government defends 'unfit' school inspections

The Department for Education has defended school inspections criteria against criticism from the opposition after students were allegedly exposed to extremism in Birmingham.

A spokeswoman for the department said: "All schools, including academies and free schools, are required to offer a broad and balanced curriculum.

"Ofsted's inspectors already consider how this is delivered and pupils' social, cultural, and moral development when deciding a school's rating."

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May denies breaking Ministerial Code over Gove letter

Home Secretary Theresa May has denied Labour allegations that she broke the Ministerial Code by authorising the publication of a private letter to Michael Gove about alleged extremism in some Birmingham schools.