The Birmingham Mail reports that Councillors have accused Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw of ‘having a downer’ on Birmingham and called on him to appear before the city’s education watchdog committee.
The call came as councillors clashed over the latest damning report from the outgoing Ofsted head which accused the Labour run council of incompetence which is putting vulnerable children at risk.
His report issued last week found 250 children vanished from the school system, failure to check on home tutored children and poor services for both children at risk and those with special education needs.
It also concluded that the Trojan Horse issue , the promotion of hard-line Islamic ethos into school, remains an issue in some parts of the city – although it has ‘gone underground’. The council’s children’s services has been rated as inadequate by Ofsted since 2009.
Coun Barry Bowles (Lab, Hall Green), an outspoken member of the education scrutiny committee, said that Sir Michael and Ofsted are “‘out of kilter” with everyone else.
“He has a view that is different to the education commissioner Michael Tomlinson, who feels we are moving to a better place, and the Department for Education who don’t agree with what he has said.
“We are on an improvement journey and are progressing well in everyone’s eyes except Ofsted and all these attacks do is destabilise our improvement.”
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