A Birmingham school headteacher made the allegation that a key adviser to Michael Gove attended a meeting on 'Trojan Horse' in 2010 despite the Education Secretary claiming he was unaware of the warnings his department received on the issue, the Independent reports.
In an email sent to shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt, Tim Boyes, head of Queensbridge School, said:
There were various people present, but for most of the time the dominant presence was Elena Narozanski who was then a personal adviser to Mr Gove.
At the end of the meeting she escorted me out of Sanctuary Buildings [the headquarters of the DfE] and told me how interested in this subject Mr Gove was.
She said he would be very interested to hear what I had to say and asked if I would return for a ‘round table meeting with the Secretary of State’, asking if I could bring some others from Birmingham with me.
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.