'Trojan Horse' school claims Ofsted ignored crucial evidence

Ofsted has concluded that Golden Hillock school in Birmingham could have done more to keep children safe from extremism

But evidence shown to ITV News suggests governors at the school were going beyond accepted normal practice to protect pupils.

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Ofsted: 'Our inspectors are now closer to the ground'

The Ofsted chief inspector has said that under a regional structure, inspectors are now "closer to the ground" with schools than ever before.

In a statement, Sir Michael Wilshaw said:

It's vitally important that we remain vigilant for such problems developing in any part of the country.

Under Ofsted's regional structure, our inspectors are now closer to the ground and to those we inspect than ever before.

Where we hear of concerns, we will respond swiftly in order to reassure parents and the wider community that children are receiving the good, safe and well-rounded education to which they are entitled.

– Sir Michael Wilshaw - Ofsted chief inspector

Sir Michael also confirmed that inspections in a number of other areas outside Birmingham - where there have been claims of a plot by hardline Muslims to take over schools - are now being conducted.

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PM: 'No notice inspections' could combat extremism

David Cameron has said that if people have huge concerns about Islamist extremism in their schools, they should first go to a "headteacher" and then to the "chair of governors."

Speaking during PMQ's he said that if enough concerns were raised to Ofsted about Islamist extremism, "no notice" spot inspections of schools could be given out.

Cameron also said that if people are concerned then they should go to the 'headteacher' Credit: PA Wire

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Funding for anti-terror programme cut by 90%

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The level of funding for a programme aimed at countering radicalisation has dropped dramatically in the last three years, figures show.

Official numbers provided by Labour show funding for the Prevent initiative fell from £17 million in 2010 to £1.7 million in 2013.

The number of local authorities benefiting from the spending fell over the same period from 93 to 30, while funding for police work tied to the initiative also fell from £24 million to £18.7 million.

'Trojan Horse' school claims Ofsted ignored measures

Ofsted has concluded that Golden Hillock school in Birmingham could have done more to keep children safe from the risks of extremist views.

But evidence shown to ITV News suggests governors at the school were going beyond accepted normal practice to protect pupils, and yet somehow this has been ignored.

Wales and West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

Golden Hillock will be formally tagged as 'inadequate' tomorrow and put into special measures, but despite allegations of a plot of an extreme Islamic agenda, the report finds no evidence.

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