Labour's shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said the current inspection criteria was "not fit for purpose" and should be extended to ensure problems like the concerns around protecting children from extremism do not emerge again. Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme, he said:
I don't think the inspection criteria is fit for purpose, in the kind of schooling we want. We want a much broader criteria to ensure that we don't have these problems arise.
He also called for a local oversight of schools, with directors on the ground in charge of driving school standards in a bid to avoid the problems affecting schools in Birmingham.
You can't run all these schools from behind a desk in Whitehall so we need local systems of oversight and accountability.
We need a local director of school standards so we don't end up like the kind of situation we're seeing in Birmingham which is of national significance.
The leaking, from her department, of a letter to Michael Gove, raises serious questions for the Home Secretary to answer.
One school was praised by Ofsted for using money from the pupil premium to pay for a number of cultural trips to Saudi Arabia.
Six Birmingham schools will be rated 'inadequate' and several more downgraded. Council officials have been criticised for failing to act.