Ofsted accused of ‘ignoring’ the bullying of Christian students

The Telegraph is reporting that Ofsted has been accused of “ignoring” the bullying of Christian students following a in-depth investigation into radicalisation of pupils at a group of schools in Birmingham.

Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute, a pressure group and a charity, has said Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE) have given “inadequate attention” to the “bullying of Christian pupils”…

In a letter addressed to Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, Mr Hart said it was “striking” that official reports by Peter Clarke and Ian Kershaw listed explicit examples of anti-Christian “intolerance” in several schools involved in the scandal but “none of these are noted in the Ofsted reports on those schools”.

Mr Hart wrote: “You will see they include anti-Christian chanting in assemblies, GCSE pupils who opted to learn Christianity being left to teach themselves, and Christians being called ‘ignorant’ or ‘liars’ by teachers.”

He went on to say that it was “disturbing” to witness a “complete lack of any specific plans of action to tackle anti-Christian intolerance”…

Mr Hart added: “Ofsted’s system for detecting intolerance is clearly inadequate if it is not picking up on anti-Christian sentiment. In fact, Ofsted may be part of the problem…”

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  1. The reprehensible examples cited by Hart were allegations levied at a tiny number of B’Ham schools including Park View and Golden Hillock. Ofsted found these schools were Inadequate.
    Hart takes these specific, limited examples to make a generalised comment that inspectors ignore anti-Christian bullying in schools.  He also links these specific incidents with inspections of Grindon Hall Christian School and Durham Free School (now closed).  Inadequate judgments at these two schools provoked a vociferous backlash about ‘Whitehall zealots’ attacking Christian schools.  (see http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2015/01/whitehall-zealots-are-waging-war-on-christian-schools-says-mail-as-furore-round-two-free-schools-judged-inadequate-reaches-fever-pitch/)  This ignored the fact that other Christian schools in the same area were inspected at the same time and were not criticsed.
    As Ofsted said, bullying in all its forms should not be tolerated.

  2. Mike Bell Janet2 Thanks, Mike.  As you’ve probably realised I blog on the Local Schools Network where I can write in more detail.  http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/

  3. innerquest  ‘Adopting the rhetoric of persecution on such matters obscures the very real persecution of Christians being killed or driven from their homes elsewhere in the globe.’ (from the link you provided).
    That said, the behaviour of a number of Muslims in the tiny number of B’Ham schools has been rightly condemned.  As you say, hatred starts somewhere.  But Hart linked these reprehensible actions with the alleged questioning of children about sexuality in two schools in the North of England which led to the Mail screaming about Whitehall zealots.  This over-reaction in turn fuels anxiety and hatred.

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