The Chronicle is reporting that Ofsted’s chief has confirmed that bigoted behaviour at a North free school helped in the decision to close it down…
Sir Michael Wilshaw told a committee of MPs on Wednesday that there was homophobic behaviour shown by children at Durham Free School when the school was inspected last year.
But he denied claims from parents that inspectors asked children as young as 11 if they were ‘virgins’.
Sir Michael told education select committee members, “these allegations are false.”
The head of Ofsted vehemently defended His Majesty’s inspectors for asking children if “gay” and “lesbo” are playground terms.
He said: “If you approach a child and ask about homophobic bullying in school they’re unlikely to understand what that means.
“But if you ask if children are calling each other gay or lesbo, then they will understand what inspectors are asking them.
“We found no evidence to suggest that inspectors used inappropriate language or terminology to these children.
“It has to be understood that if there are allegations of homophobic bullying at a school then we have to ask questions.
“There was homophobic bullying going on at Durham Free School.”
…Following questions put to Sir Michael by committee member and Stockton MP Alex Cunningham, the chief inspector denied claims from parents that Ofsted had a political agenda and “has it in for Christian-faith schools.”
…Grindon Hall Free School, in Sunderland, revealed an equally damning Ofsted report last week which also places the Christian-faith school into special measures.
In March, the school was classed as “requires improvement” and just six months later was deemed “inadequate” across most areas.
Mr Cunningham asked Sir Michael why such a rapid deterioration at the school in such a short time?
“Poor leadership” said Sir Michael. “And not addressing the issues highlighted in Ofsted’s earlier report…”
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