Sir Mike Tomlinson: Birmingham Trojan Horse letter ‘no hoax’

The BBC is reporting that Sir Mike Tomlinson, the city’s education commissioner, has claimed that a letter outlining a plot by some Muslims to take over schools in Birmingham was “no hoax”…

…Sir Mike said he believed many details in the letter “were happening [in schools], without a shadow of doubt”…

“Whatever anybody says, it was no hoax,” Sir Mike said.

He said evidence uncovered in inquiries by the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted “mirrored what was said in the letter”.

Sir Mike’s comments add to a volume of opposing views on the origins of, and claims contained in, the letter.

The former Ofsted chief, appointed by the government in September, is tasked with overseeing improvements in Birmingham in the wake of the controversy.

Almost exactly a year ago, a government inquiry led by former counter-terrorism chief Peter Clarke found “sustained action carried out by a number of associated individuals to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into a few schools in Birmingham”.

Birmingham City Council said while there were problems with governance in some schools, there was no evidence of a plot.

It has since introduced new rules for appointing governors.

Tahir Alam, the former head of governors for Park View Education Trust and named directly in the Trojan Horse letter, said he had always argued its claims were nothing more than “a myth”…

More (including video from the interview) at: Birmingham Trojan Horse letter ‘no hoax’


A number of teachers were very unhappy at the most recent Trojan horse report from the education select committee – suggesting it would lead to complacency – and Sir Michael Tomlinson certainly seems to be taking a harder line here.

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  1. The letter wasn’t a hoax because elements were found in a small number of schools.  But it wasn’t a City-wide plot as the media claimed it was (some even said it was nationwide).

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