Ofsted should inspect religious teaching in faith schools, says Tristram Hunt

The Guardian is reporting that Tristram Hunt has said there is a case for Ofsted to be allowed to inspect religious education in faith schools, saying schools may be exacerbating religious and ethnic segregation in English cities…

…He said: “We have particular concerns that Ofsted is not allowed to inspect religious teaching in faith schools – that seems to me to be a slightly curious situation. It is a worrying trend in terms of cultural and ethnic identification through schooling.”

Admitting that the discussion on faith schools is “hairy terrain”, Hunt said: “Our answer is making sure Ofsted inspects schools on the basis of a broad and balanced curriculum.” He said some of the state schools accused of having been taken over by hardline Sunni Muslims in Birmingham had been inspected and found technically outstanding without consideration of music, drama and arts teaching.

Hunt said the inspection in Birmingham had been too narrowly focused on the basis of literacy and numeracy rather than whether the schools were providing a broad and balanced curriculum.

“We cannot have schools as islands, either around ethnicity or religion, not cooperating or forging partnership with other schools,” he said, adding that local decisions on new schools had to take into account the need to integrate communities.

He said he understood the principle of faith schools, and that they would remain a permanent part of English education system. But he added this had to be set against Ted Cantle’s report into religious division in former mill towns in northern England, the growing divisions in terms of ethnicity and racial religious education in England’s cities, and the efforts made by Labour in Northern Ireland to break down education on the basis of faith….

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Oh dear Tristram, all subjects are inspected when Ofsted turn up. Highlighting your own ignorance yet again

  2. Jon

    Faith schools are also subject to sec48 inspections which look at RE. Ofsted are, however, able to comment in the impact of SMSC aspects of the faith school. No need for change surely!

  3. Janet2

    Michael Wilshaw’s advice to decide exactly what is in a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ should be followed asap.  This should then apply to all schools.

  4. Janet2

    Michael Wilshaw’s advice to decide exactly what is in a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ should be followed asap.  This should then apply to all schools.

  5. andylutwyche

    PeterHutchinso5 SchoolsImprove It’d be inspected as part of a normal insp though. All Hunt’s saying is “carry on as normal” #pointless

  6. PeterHutchinso5

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove In Catholic schools there are Diocesan inspections ie Faith Schools inspecting themselves.

  7. andylutwyche

    PeterHutchinso5 SchoolsImprove I know, but there’s also outside inspections. To be fair Ofsted inspect themselves too

  8. andylutwyche

    “PeterHutchinso5: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Nothing wrong with this if they undergo Ofsted inspections too.” They do

  9. andylutwyche

    “PeterHutchinso5: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I think we agree that there are plenty of inspections!” It appears so!

  10. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove Parents must have an input into the curriculum in Faith schools. Cant leave everything to quangos politicians and teachers

  11. colinsparkbridg

    SchoolsImprove But how? Doesn’t it require a “religious” stance on the part of the inspector? Best to abolish ALL RE in schools.

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