Trojan Horse Schools Faked Christianity Classes, Will Be Placed Under 'No Notice' Inspection Measures
Some of the schools being investigated over an alleged Islamist takeover plot tried to trick inspectors by hiding evidence of wrongdoing, according to a report.
School inspectors Ofsted found that some teachers had “hastily arranged shows of inclusivity”, including classes on Christianity.
According to Sky News, the report will also say that staff at Oldknow Academy were “instructed to add Christianity to learning”, and that a special assembly on Easter was specially put on for inspectors.
Ofsted now warn they may subject the schools to further, unplanned inspections, giving teachers just 30 minutes notice. Five schools will be placed into special measures, with ‘no notice’ inspections dubbed 'dawn raids' to serve as a key part of the crackdown.
Prime Minister David Cameron said that he wants a “robust response” from inspectors if any evidence of fundamentalist teaching comes to light.
Mr Cameron said: “Protecting our children is one of the first duties of Government and that is why the issue of alleged Islamist extremism in Birmingham schools demands a robust response.
"The Education Secretary will now ask Sir Michael Wilshaw to look into allowing any school to be inspected at no notice, stopping schools having the opportunity to cover up activities which have no place in our society."
The Prime Minister is also due to meet various cabinet ministers to discuss extremism in the classroom, including Education Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Theresa May, who have been in a bitter row over how to tackle it.
In a string of accusations and counter-accusations, the Department for Education and the Home Office accused one another of not doing enough to tackle Islamist fundamentalism.
The row became a major embarrassment for the government and led to Theresa May’s aide resigning, and Michael Gove having to apologise to the Prime Minister.