Gove: Schools used inspection notice to evade scrutiny

Schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations used inspections notice "to evade proper scrutiny", Education Secretary Michael Gove said.

We have to ensure children are safe in our schools. Evidence uncovered in Birmingham clearly indicates that schools have used the notice they have been given of inspections to evade proper scrutiny.

Sir Michael Wilshaw will now examine the practicalities of moving to a position where all schools know they may face an unannounced inspection.

Our children need to be protected in schools, kept safe from the dangers of extremism and guaranteed a broad and balanced curriculum.

This change will help provide parents with the reassurance they need.

– Michael Gove, Education Secretary

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Gove adviser 'attended key Trojan Horse meeting' in 2010

Michael Gove's adviser attended a meeting in 2010 where concerns about an alleged plot by Muslim hardliners to takeover some Birmingham schools were raised, the Independent says. Mr Gove said he was unaware of his department's Trojan Horse warnings.