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Trojan Horse schools ‘still not fit for purpose’, Ofsted chief warns

Trojan Horse schools ‘still not fit for purpose’, Ofsted chief warns

🕔14.Oct 2014

Five Birmingham schools at the centre of Trojan Horse allegations of a hard-line Islamist takeover have not delivered required improvement and their action plans are not fit for purpose.

The damning indictment from Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw follows unannounced inspections of Golden Hillock School, Nansen Primary, Oldknow Academy, Park View School and Saltley School last month.

In a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Sir Michael says the time taken to appoint new trustees and senior leaders means that very little action has been taken to address the serious concerns raised in previous inspections.

Ofsted inspectors found that “too much poor practice” remained unchallenged.

In Park View Academy, little had been done to discourage segregation and to encourage boys and girls to sit together in lessons and share opinions and ideas.

In Golden Hillock School, senior leaders reported that, during the summer term, they were not supported by the outgoing trustees in addressing their concerns about safeguarding.

Staff at some of the schools raised concerns about equality and fairness with allegations that processes and procedures are not open and fair for all and that some individuals hold roles for which they are not qualified or experienced.

Sir Michael wrote: “Plans for the required curriculum changes have been drawn up but often lack the detail required to ensure that effective action will be taken to ‘actively promote’ fundamental British values and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

“In Golden Hillock School, religious education GCSE students have to teach themselves for options other than Islam. As a result, these students are at a significant disadvantage.”

Ofsted is aware that the local authority has begun to audit the range of safeguarding provision and training across all five schools. This audit is incomplete and it is currently unclear as to whether staff in the identified schools have undertaken specific training to keep children safe.”

Sir Michael added that, despite repeated requests to Birmingham city council, Ofsted is yet to be handed a copy of the single integrated improvement plan it was ordered to draw up following inquiries into the Trojan Horse affair.

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