The BBC is reporting that a legal battle continues over whether Ofsted can publish a critical inspection report, after an Islamic state school went to the High Court to seek to overturn its findings.
The court found that the school had not breached equality legislation in how it taught boys and girls separately. But the judge rejected claims that the Ofsted inspectors had been biased.
In the judgement Mr Justice Jay found “no evidence in this case that segregation in a mixed school, still less segregation in an Islamic school, has a greater impact on female pupils”.
Responding to the announcement, chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said: “It is our intention shortly to publish a revised inspection report for this school.
“We are, however, disappointed that the court has determined that the practice of completely segregating boys and girls in this publicly funded mixed-sex school does not amount to unlawful discrimination.
“Here was a mixed-sex school where children were being kept apart on the grounds of gender. This segregation took place in all lessons, in the corridors, during breaks and lunchtimes and for all social and extra-curricular activities.”
“I do not believe that segregating children without an educational reason is in their best educational interests. Ofsted has obtained permission from the Judge to appeal this judgement.”
Do you think gender segregation to such degree should be acceptable? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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