Now Bradford schools face claim of Muslim takeover

The Sunday Times is reporting that Ofsted inspectors are set to be sent into schools in Bradford to investigate claims of an attempted takeover by Muslim extremists (although local media claims have subsequently downplayed the likelihood of this happening)*…

The Sunday Times understands that officials from the schools watchdog and teams from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) are likely to begin snap inspections when schools reopen in September after the summer break. Three schools in the Yorkshire city have already been inspected by Ofsted as part of the so-called Trojan Horse plot to take over state schools.

Whitehall sources said Nicky Morgan, the new education secretary, had been spurred on by last week’s report by Peter Clarke, a former anti-terror chief at Scotland Yard who discovered a “determined effort” by Muslim extremists to gain control of some Birmingham schools. Clarke urged the Department for Education (DfE) to “consider whether other areas of the country may be vulnerable and respond promptly and effectively”.

A Whitehall official said new inspections would include looking for any links between Bradford schools and Tahir Alam, the former chairman of the Park View Educational Trust, which was embroiled in the Trojan Horse controversy. Any connection between Bradford schools and Monzoor Hussain, head of Park View School, and Razwan Faraz, deputy head of Nansen Primary, in Birmingham would also be examined.

“Bradford is the next logical place for the DfE to investigate,” the official said.

“The DfE will send in Ofsted to do snap inspections and then dispatch EFA officials to examine school finances.

“The investigation model will be pretty much how the DfE went about investigating the Birmingham schools…

More at: Now Bradford schools face claim of Muslim takeover (subscription required)

See also this video of the ‘Trojan horse’ situation from the Sunday Times education editor Sian Griffiths…

 

*Although the prospect of imminent inspections has apparently been played down by Ofsted and local education chiefs according to the Yorkshire Post: Ofsted has ‘no plans’ to target inspections at Bradford over Trojan Horse row

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Comments

  1. Janet2

    What should be done differently?  Absolutely no leaking of Ofsted or other reports before official publication.  No speculation.  No outraged publication of unverified accusations.  No politicians talking about “draining swamps”.  

    Will this happen?  I doubt it. 

    Re the three schools inspected already.  I’ve found two Ofsted reports likely to fit the bill: Carlton Bolling College – full inspection.  Inadequate.  Governing Body is “obstacle to improvement”; “deep rooted disagreements and distrust” between governors.  The school meets needs of Muslim students well but not those of other faiths.  One-third of staff feel the College is not well run.

    Feversham College.  Academy monitored re safeguarding and leadership.  Pupils prepared for life in modern Britain.  The college implements the Prevent strategy.

    Not sure about the third.  Could be Laisterdyke which was monitored because it’s previously been judged Requires Improvement.  “External partnerships are extending opportunities for students to gain wider experience and ensure they are better prepared for life in Britain.”

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