New London Ofsted boss cannot rule out ‘Trojan’ schools in the capital

The Evening Standard is reporting that a senior Ofsted director says he cannot rule out a Trojan Horse-style plot happening in London schools.

Mike Sheridan, Ofsted’s new regional director for London, said one of his biggest challenges was keeping children safe from extremism and sexual exploitation…

Mr Sheridan, a former headteacher and Ofsted inspector, took over as London head of Ofsted last month and is responsible for Ofsted’s performance in the capital.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, he said it was vital that schools did not “bury their heads in the sand” about extremism, radicalisation and child sexual exploitation and they must try to identify children at risk.

Asked if there could be a Trojan Horse plot in London, he admitted it was a possibility, but added: “I don’t know if there is one. Do I think people will see opportunities with schools and colleges to influence the thinking of people? It is probably likely…”

He said: “We know there are people with views we don’t want them [children] to be exposed to.

“Is it a big conspiracy? I don’t know. We don’t know until we know.

“We have to make sure all the people working with young people are aware of the potential of the dangers. 

“Ofsted needs to make sure people are doing the right kind of things to protect young people from risk.

“Every time a young person falls foul of radicalisation or abuse we have to search our souls to find answers to that…”

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    SchoolsImprove How interesting that Ofsted Inspectors feel free to pontificate on whatever they like rather than focus on inspection.

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