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.

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Headteachers' union strongly against snap inspections

A headteachers' union has warned it would be strongly against the idea of routine snap schools inspections.

Plans for no-notice Ofsted visits were put forward by Education Secretary Michael Gove in the Commons yesterday in the wake of investigations into allegations of a "Trojan Horse" plot by hard-line Muslims at a number of Birmingham schools.

If no-notice inspections become the routine, we would be opposed to it. It would make it very difficult for our members to engage in school to school support.

Ofsted already has the powers to drop in unannounced if it has concerns. I'm not entirely sure what's achieved by this, other than damaging autonomy in the school system.

– National Association of Head Teachers general secretary Russell Hobby

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