Ofsted scraps controversial faith school inspection rules

The Telegraph is reporting that controversial guidance allowing Muslim schools to segregate boys and girls and restrict subjects such as music has been scrapped by Ofsted…

Guidelines for the inspection of faith schools has been withdrawn pending an official review following claims that it effectively gave schools permission to discriminate between the sexes.

…Ofsted’s own guidance for the inspection of faith schools told inspectors that boys and girls “may well be taught or seated separately according to the specific context”, adding: “This should not be taken as a sign of inequality between different genders.”

The guidance also said the regulator may find evidence of music and sex education being taught through religious worship and Islamic studies lessons and told inspectors not to shake women’s hands unless invited to do so.

In a statement, the watchdog said Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector, was “considering any lessons for Ofsted following its recent inspections of 21 schools in Birmingham”.

It said that, as part of the overhaul, he has “given instructions for a number of documents” relating to inspections “to be temporarily taken down while their content is reviewed”. A series of documents, including the faith schools guidance, will be removed, it emerged.

“This guidance, updated where necessary, will be re-published shortly,” the statement said…

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Although specifically about faith schools, this guidance from Ofsted seemed to contradict with the stance they have taken over schools involved in the Trojan horse investigations. Have they done the right thing in withdrawing it? Please give us your feedback and let us know what concessions, if any, you believe should be allowed in Muslim faith schools moving forwards…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Not sure why different types of school have different inspection criteria. All schools should be judged on same criteria

  2. Lhedgehogs

    SchoolsImprove all school should be inspected against the same criteria if we are to allow for a fair comparison for parents.

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