We reported the situation with the head of Park View yesterday, but now a minister appears to have confirmed that teachers have been suspended following the Trojan horse investigations and that Ofsted is looking at expanding whistleblowing arrangement. This is from the Press Association (via the Mail)…
Teachers have been suspended for causing harassment amid allegations of a “Trojan Horse” takeover plot in Birmingham, education minister Lord Nash has said.
A Government-ordered inquiry into the allegations, led by former anti-terror chief Peter Clarke, concluded there had been “co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action” by a number of individuals to introduce an “intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos” into a few schools in the city.
Labour peer Baroness Bakewell asked during question time in the Lords: “After the Trojan Horse allegations, it has been reported teachers who did speak out at the time are now suffering harassment and the threat of losing their jobs.
“So what is the Government proposing as a way of protecting whistleblowers locally so that they are given enough courage to come forward and speak out?”
Lord Nash replied: “You raise a very good point. We are doing all we can to ensure this is not happening.
“Indeed, there are some teachers who we have particular concerns about who have now been suspended from their jobs, who themselves have been causing harassment, and we are talking to Ofsted about expanding their whistleblowing arrangements for exactly this kind of situation.”…
More at: ‘TROJAN HORSE’ TEACHER SUSPENSIONS
What do you think of Lord Nash’s comments that Ofsted is being asked to expand its whistleblowing arrangements to cope with situations like those in the Trojan horse investigations? What do you think needs to change? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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