New Ofsted warning over extremism in independent faith schools

The Press Association (via the Mail) is reporting that Ofsted has that too little is being done to identify the signs of radicalisation and extremism in independent faith schools by the body responsible for inspecting them…

The education watchdog today published a letter on the quality of inspections and reports by the Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI) – the body responsible for inspecting independent faith schools that are members of the Association of Muslim Schools UK or the Christian Schools’ Trust.

In a letter from Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw to the BSI’s chief inspector, the report criticised the BSI for not ensuring its inspectors could properly identify warning signs of extremism and radicalisation.

Ofsted staff found inspectors failed to go far enough in verifying whether schools’ arrangements for safeguarding pupils are effective…

While the BSI’s lead inspectors prepare their teams effectively, Ofsted said the quality of the school inspection it shadowed required improvement.

Ofsted judged the quality of the inspectorate’s work was less strong than in previous years.

The watchdog recommended that the BSI’s inspectors “probe deeply into how schools prevent extremism and radicalisation” as well as inspecting schools’ safeguarding arrangements thoroughly, especially internet safety…

More at: Warning over extremism in schools


No sign of the letter on the Ofsted website at the moment – any thoughts or reactions to the report here? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. Janet2

    The letter is here:

    It says BSI did just 14 inspections last year.  It’s time for Ofsted to take over these inspections and close BSI.  There’s no excuse for independent faith schools to be inspected differently.  It was BSI that missed teachers hitting children and the teaching of intolerance at the Darul Uloom Islamic High School which featured on ‘Dispatches’.

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