Michael Gove did not ask Ofsted to stop plans for 'no notice' inspections in 2012, the Department for Education has said.
A spokesman said the Education Secretary had met Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw today to discuss the inspections, in the wake of the 'Trojan Horse' controversy over Birmingham schools.
"The chief inspector confirmed that the Education Secretary did not ask Ofsted to halt its plans for no-notice inspections in 2012. Ofsted took the decision after considering the response to their consultation," a DfE spokesman said.
Michael Gove's assertion that new rules could force schools to actively promote "British values" has sent the Twittersphere into a frenzy.
Five schools investigated in the wake of "Trojan Horse" claims will be put in special measures, while a sixth with remain under sanctions.