'Little improvement' in child protection reported following Trojan Horse scandal

The Park View Educational Trust was at the centre claims of a plot by Muslim hard-liners to take control of several Birmingham schools. Credit: ITV News Central

Two years after the Trojan Horse scandal, children in Birmingham are still not being kept safe, The Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned.

In a newly published letter, the Ofsted chief inspector says he has continuing concerns about the performance of the city's council and its ability to protect and ensure the safety of its children.

In 2014, Birmingham found itself at the centre of the so-called Trojan Horse controversy, which centred on an alleged move by a small group of hard-line Muslims to seize control of a small number of the city's schools.

The allegations sparked investigations by several agencies including the Department for Education and Ofsted.

Sir Michael's latest letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan states that the local council had failed in its duty to help schools to keep pupils safe from the potential risks of radicalisation and extremism.

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Sir Michael Wilshaw said:

Two of the schools at the centre of the so-called 'Trojan Horse' episode have been upgraded from inadequate to good in their recent re-inspections.

Sir Michael Wilshaw
Birmingham City Council Credit: Phil Addis / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Birmingham City Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children, families and schools, responded to Sir Michael's report.

"Given that no-one from the political leadership has been interviewed in an Ofsted inspection since 2014, and that it has changed quite significantly since then, we found the comments in Sir Michael's letter to be a surprise.

Birmingham City Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children, families and schools

A Department for Education spokeswoman said:

Although Birmingham City Council has made some improvements to the way it runs its children's services, we know this progress has not gone far enough, fast enough, and Sir Michael Wilshaw's letter reinforces that.

A Department for Education spokeswoman