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‘Muslim plot’ school probe slammed

Issue No. 2446

A parliamentary report has criticised recent investigations into Birmingham schools.

Schools inspectorate Ofsted inspected 21 schools last year after a hoax letter claimed there was a “Muslim plot”, known as Trojan Horse, to take them over.

The report by the education committee found the investigations “raised questions about the reliability of Ofsted inspections”.

Ofsted placed in special measures several schools it previously rated as outstanding. The report said inspectors may have “lost objectivity”. It noted that one assistant principal complained that Ofsted was “not impartial”.

There were also several inquiries. The report said this was “far from helpful”.

Their recommendations “went far beyond the situation in the particular schools”. Yet it noted, “No evidence of extremism or radicalisation, apart from a single isolated incident, was found by any of the inquiries and there was no evidence of a sustained plot”.


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