Referring to the row over one school’s hijab ban, Amanda Spielman says sensitive decisions should be taken out of schools’ hands and passed to local authority, MAT or central government level reports Tes.
Addressing MPs this morning, Amanda Spielman said “If we are going to end up with an asymmetry, where people conscientiously running often very small schools can be effectively bullied and targeted in this way, I think we’re in a very worrying world.
“So it opens the question to me whether it is right to leave so much decision-making at individual school level, and whether some of these decisions that are becoming increasingly sensitive should be taken at local authority or MAT [multi-academy trust] or central government level.”
She added that the campaign against the hijab ban was largely conducted by people unconnected with the school.
“I don’t think that individual schools should be bullied by national lobbying campaigns,” she said. “I think that’s very different from consulting parents and finding working arrangements that are acceptable.”
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