NSS calls for new inspection of Islamic school that bans “socialising with outsiders”

The National Secular Society is reporting that it has written to the DfE and Ofsted calling for a fresh inspection of an Islamic school where pupils are reportedly banned from socialising with “outsiders”.

Sky News reported on 25 July that the Tablighi Jamaat Islamic Institute of Education in Dewsbury threatens students with expulsion if they socialise with non-Muslims, and that boarders are banned from using televisions and cameras, as well as music players, mobile phones and other “items that are prohibited in Islam”…

However despite this, the last inspection by Ofsted in 2011 rated the school as “good”…

Since 2014, independent schools have been required to “actively promote” the fundamental values “of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The National Secular Society has written to the Department for Education and Ofsted calling for an inspection to take place under the new rules as a matter of urgency.

Stephen Evans, National Secular Society campaigns manager, said: “The most recent inspection of the Tablighi Jamaat Islamic Institute of Education predates the revision of the regulations, but we believe there are serious doubts as to whether the school sufficiently met the standards in operation at the time of its previous inspection.

“A fresh inspection is therefore necessary to ensure that the school is meeting the New Independent School Standards and adequately preparing its students for life in modern Britain…”

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  1. Busy Mum

    Presumably parents must be happy with the rules otherwise they would be withdrawing their children. Even if OFSTED and NSS force the school to lift the ban, how are they going to force the parents to ensure their children mix with ‘outsiders’? Is the govt going to start dictating to us all what our children should do out of school hours, and with whom??

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