Inspectors ‘failing to spot signs of extremism’ at private Muslim schools

As first suggested a few days ago, the Telegraph is now confirming that Ofsted has suggested a watchdog set up to vet standards at private Muslim schools is failing to identify the “warning signs of extremism and radicalisation”…

The Bridge Schools Inspectorate was found to be relying “too heavily” on assurances from head teachers without making an informed judgment about schools.

In a report, Ofsted said some inspectors working for the watchdog failed to demonstrate ways to “root out extremist behaviour, views and practices”…

The inspectorate was set up in 2008 to specifically check standards at 55 fee-paying schools affiliated to the Association of Muslim Schools and the Christian Schools Trust.

It is among a series of regulators set up to inspect schools outside the state education system. In turn, Ofsted checks the performance of these regulators every 12 months.

A report from Ofsted raises concerns that the Bridge Inspectorate was “less strong” than in previous years…

The Department for Education has the power to effectively close down failing inspectorates.

The Telegraph understands a decision is yet to be taken on its future but ministers have considered transferring its responsibilities directly to Ofsted in the past…

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You can read the letter and report from Ofsted directly at: Annual report on the quality of the inspection work carried out by the Bridge Schools Inspectorate 2013/14

 

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Comments

  1. carol Elizabeth

    There are also lots of supplementary schools in our big cities running after school often in council owned properties. These need also to be considered as there is no way of regulating what happens in them at present. Many children have to attend these schools daily by their parents following a full day at school

  2. amirshah316

    SchoolsImprove All children have a right to a broad balanced education but worryingly this is increasingly sounding like a witch hunt.

  3. amirshah316

    SchoolsImprove All children have a right to a broad balanced education but worryingly this is increasingly sounding like a witch hunt.

  4. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove If you say ‘Big Beards’ & ‘Going on about Jihad’ the university people will say it’s simplistic. (W apologies to Moeen Ali)

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