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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    31/10/2018
    Summary: 

    The Chief Inspector of Schools, Amanda Spielman, has written to the Public Accounts Committee about the risks to schools.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    24/10/2018
    Summary: 

    An Islamic school which taught that only Muslims and animals were saved on Noah’s ark has become the first to be successfully prosecuted for operating illegally. The Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in west London marketed itself as a study centre where home-educated children had part-time tuition, but Ofsted inspectors found that almost 60 children of compulsory school age were regularly attending the centre during school hours.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    18/10/2018
    Summary: 

    An Islamic school that breached the Equality Act by treating boys and girls unequally was among 10 failing independent faith schools recently issued warning notices by the government. The Department for Education (DfE) published 25  to independent schools last

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    10/08/2002
    Summary: 

    A school in Birmingham is expected to become the first in Britain to have its entire governing body sacked under new government powers after an 18-month row over religion threatened to tear it apart. A damning report for the city's education authority into Washwood Heath Technology College found that a group of Muslim governors with a "hidden agenda" was trying to turn it into a Muslim-only school.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    13/02/2008
    Summary: 
    • Undercover footage shows pupils being taught religious apartheid 
    • Muslims who adopt Western ways will be 'tortured in afterlife'
    • Unprovoked beatings captured on camera in Yorkshire madrassa
    • Boy threatened with bench by senior student left in charge of class
  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    25/09/2017
    Summary: 

    More than two in five Islamic schools in England that accept girls require them to wear a hijab as school uniform, according to new research. Some 59 of 142 (42%) Islamic schools, including 27 primary schools, have a uniform policy which states a head-covering is compulsory, the National Secular Society (NSS) said.

     

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    09/07/2018
    Summary: 

    Schools must not allow minority groups with a “sense of religious or cultural entitlement” to dictate their policies on the wearing of hijabs or what is taught to pupils, the head of Ofsted will warn today.reports

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    22/06/2018
    Summary: 

    The headteacher of an independent Islamic school has been forced out to spare it from closure after a raid by armed police uncovered weapons and more than £400,000 in cash at a flat in the grounds. Officers were called to the Darul Uloom school in  on May 30 after reports of a man brandishing a gun. Headteacher’s son Yusuf Musa, who was the school’s designated safeguarding staff member, was arrested in connection with the incident. 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    08/03/2018
    Summary: 

    Intolerant and extremist teaching in both private and unregistered faith schools is ‘as bad as it has ever been and is deteriorating rather than improving’, Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman has told the Education Select Committee. Reporting on the ’poor education, squalid conditions, and very worrying teaching materials’ found by Ofsted inspectors at unregistered schools in particular, Ms Spielman stated that new legislation was required to allow ‘proper scrutiny’ of such settings and to tackle the ‘growing’ number of children who are going missing from the education system.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    14/02/2018
    Summary: 

    The Government is too politically correct to enforce rules on hijabs in schools, leaving teachers "alone, isolated and vulnerable", the former head of Ofsted has warned. Sir Michael Wilshaw said a lack of formal policy from the Department for Education on whether children should be allowed to cover their heads in lessons has led to angry clashes. He also highlighted concerns that there are 150 schools around the country which make it compulsory for children to wear hijabs, adding that "the country has enormously changed" and some communities hold very conservative views which cann

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    01/02/2018
    Summary: 

    Religious extremists are ‘indoctrinating’ pupils and undermining British values, according to the government’s  Amanda Spielman said: “Ofsted inspectors are increasingly brought into contact with those who want to actively pervert the purpose of education.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    15/01/2018
    Summary: 

    The National Secular Society has said illegal faith schools' proprietors should face "the full force of the law" after the head of an unregistered Islamic school was banned from teaching. On Monday the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) released the 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    28/11/2017
    Summary: 

    Library books which urge women to be submissive to their husbands and never refuse sex are among a dossier of misogynistic material inspectors have found in Islamic schools. Ofsted has compiled a file of the worst examples of discrimination and sexism its inspectors encountered.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    16/01/2018
    Summary: 

    An Islamic primary school had books written by an extremist who has been expelled from the UK after being told to remove them, an Ofsted report has found. The Olive Tree Primary School, a private Islamic school in Luton, claimed it had removed the “unsuitable books” which did not promote British values earlier this year. However, at its most recent inspection, the books were still available at the school.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    19/11/2017
    Summary: 

    Amanda Spielman, chief inspector of schools, announced the policy amid growing concerns girls as young as four-years-old were being forced to wear the religious headscarf. Ms Spielman argued the dress code could be sexualising young children, as the hijab is traditionally worn in the presence of men by a girl reaching puberty as a sign of her modesty. There was also a risk schools could be breaching equality laws if girls were forced to wear religious clothing and boys were not, she added.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    16/12/2017
    Summary: 

    The chief inspector of schools has accused hard-left activists and religious extremists of trying to stop her clampdown on illegal Muslim schools with a campaign of intimidation.

    Amanda Spielman revealed that one of Ofsted’s regional offices has been forced to take additional security measures after inspectors were repeatedly sent extreme Islamic literature. She has also been targeted and received one threatening email claiming that hardline Islamists know where she lives, after Ofsted won a court case against an Islamic school that segregated girls from boys.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/12/2017
    Summary: 

    Muslim girls' school has received the lowest Ofsted rating available after inspectors discovered that pupils were not provided with lavatory paper for "cultural reasons". Staff at the fee-paying Park Avenue Girls' High School, in Stoke-on-Trent, said paper was available from the school office, but because most of the students were Asian, they preferred to wash rather than wipe.

    But some of the girls told inspectors they were so unhappy about the situation that they avoided using the lavatory all day.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    28/11/2017
    Summary: 

    Ofsted has uncovered evidence of prejudiced teaching at Islamic schools but ministers continue to duck the problem.

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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    28/11/2017
    Summary: 

    Forty-nine per cent of such schools they inspected failed to meet leadership and management norms or teaching fundamental British values. 

    The report I read does not specify which faiths are the problem, and isn’t that a clue? 

    I suspect it almost entirely means those Islamic schools – hopefully not all – where British values are completely absent, an extreme version of the Koran is taught to the exclusion of almost every other subject, the children are indoctrinated to believe that girls are inferior and that their people are in a state of siege. 

  • Report into allegations concerning Birmingham schools arising from the ‘Trojan Horse’ letter

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    Summary: 

    11 Conclusions

    11.1 I neither specifically looked for, nor found, evidence of terrorism, radicalisation or violent extremism in the schools of concern in Birmingham. However, by reference to the definition of extremism in the Prevent strand of the Government’s counter terrorist strategy CONTEST, and the spectrum of extremism described by the Prime Minister in his Munich speech in February 2011, I found clear evidence that there are a number of people, associated with each other and in positions of influence in schools and governing bodies, who espouse, sympathise with or fail to challenge extremist views. Three are named in this report but there are others of significance who are not.

    11.2 The existence of a common ideological stance among key linked individuals in this enquiry, the taking of control of governing bodies and the implementation of conservative religious practices in the schools where these individuals have influence, means that there can be no doubt that what has happened has been driven by a desire to instil a particular style of religious ethos into these state non-faith schools.

    11.3 It has been suggested to me that the ambition of those who were involved was to do no more than create schools that are reflective of the communities they serve and are following the wishes of the majority of parents. I find that this is not the case. On the contrary, while the majority of parents welcome the good academic results that some of these schools produce, they are not demanding that their children adhere to conservative religious behaviour at school. On the contrary, I received evidence that it is a minority of parents who want this to happen. I have been told by many witnesses, however, that most parents do not have the confidence to argue against the articulate and forceful people who seek their imposition, for fear of being branded as disloyal to their faith or their community. 11.4 I have received evidence from witnesses who express three key concerns about the impact on children of what has happened. First, I have been told by teachers that they fear children are learning to be intolerant of difference and diversity. Second, although good academic results can be achieved through a narrowing of the curriculum, it comes at a cost. The cost is that young people, instead of enjoying a broadening and enriching experience in school, are having their horizons narrowed. They are not being prepared properly to flourish in the inevitably diverse environments of further education, the workplace or life outside predominantly Muslim communities. They are thus being potentially denied the opportunity to prosper in a modern multi-cultural Britain. Third, the very clear evidence that young people are being encouraged to adopt an unquestioning attitude to a particular hardline strand of Sunni Islam raises real concerns about their vulnerability to radicalisation in the future. I have heard evidence to the effect that there are real fears that their current experiences will make it harder for them to question or challenge radical influences. 11.5 At the centre of what has happened are a number of individuals who have been, or are, associated with either Park View School or the Park View Educational Trust. Time and again, people who have been either teachers or governors at Park View, appear to be involved in behaviours at other schools that have destabilised headteachers, sometimes leading to their resignation or removal. The tactics that have been used are too similar , the individuals concerned too closely linked and the behaviour of a few parents and governors too orchestrated for there not to be a degree of co-ordination and organisation behind what has happened. The clear conclusion is that Park View Educational Trust has, in reality, become the incubator for much of what has happened and the attitudes and behaviours that have driven it. 11.6 I have considered the totality of the evidence gathered during the investigation very carefully, and been careful to avoid the temptation to draw undue inferences from an evidence base that is inevitably incomplete, given the urgent need to establish what has happened in schools so that stability can be restored and children safeguarded. The accumulation of evidence from my own investigation, information received from Birmingham City Council, Ofsted, the Education Funding Agency and numerous other sources lead me to the following conclusion.

    11.7 There has been co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action, carried out by a number of associated individuals, to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools in Birmingham. This has been achieved in a number of schools through gaining influence on the governing bodies, installing sympathetic headteachers or senior members of staff, appointing like minded people to key positions, and seeking to remove headteachers who they do not feel to be sufficiently compliant with their agenda. Their motivation may well be linked to a deeply held religious conviction, but the effect has been to limit the life chances of the young people in their care and to render them more vulnerable to pernicious influences in the future.

    11.8 Birmingham City Council was aware of the practices and behaviours that were subsequently outlined in the ‘Trojan Horse’ letter long before the letter surfaced. Officers have conceded that it did not consider carefully enough nor soon enough the question of whether there was a pattern in what was happening across a number of schools. Instead, the Council persisted in approaching incidents on a case-by-case basis. Further, the officers looking at the issue from a community cohesion and education management perspective respectively did not appear to be sufficiently joined up.

    11.9 The Council has not supported headteachers faced with aggressive and inappropriate governor behaviour. This has led to the perception that the Council has relied too readily on the solution of a compromise agreement and that it has failed in its duty of care towards their employees. The Council not being proactive enough in confronting the type of governor practice described in preceding chapters has led to a perception that it has ‘appeased’ governors.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    13/10/2017
    Summary: 

    Segregating boys from girls in a state-funded Muslim secondary school classroom is unlawful sex discrimination, a court has found. Three Court of Appeal judges in London on Friday overturned last year’s finding by a High Court judge that Ofsted inspectors were wrong to penalise the mixed-sex Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham on the basis of an “erroneous” view that segregation amounted to unlawful discrimination. In a landmark case, the school had originally challenged its critical Ofsted report, which found dividing the pupils by their sex left them entirely&nbsp

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/09/2017
    Summary: 

    Thousands of state primary schools are allowing girls as young as five to wear the Muslim religious headscarf as part of approved school uniform, a Sunday Times survey has revealed. The rise of the classroom hijab has alarmed female Muslim campaigners, church leaders and academics. They say it is divisive, sexualises young girls because it is traditionally not worn until puberty, and should be “fiercely resisted”. Ofsted, the schools watchdog, said there was “growing concern” about the trend.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    17/07/2017
    Summary: 

    England’s first state-funded Muslim secondary schools – that segregated boys and girls and had books promoting domestic violence and marital rape – is to be taken over by the Government. The Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham, which became state-funded in 2001, was put into special measures last summer after the pro-rape texts were found in the institution’s library and a child died from an allergic reaction. In a report 

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    11/07/2017
    Summary: 

    Al-Hijrah school had received lowest possible Ofsted grade partly because boys and girls were separated from age nine

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/07/2017
    Summary: 

    Thousands of British school children are being put at risk in unregistered religious centres and schools, the new chief inspector warns. Up to 6,000 pupils could be in danger, and the warning comes as one former pupil claims his teachers caned him on an “almost daily basis”. Amanda Spielman, head of the school’s inspectorate, Ofsted, called this weekend for new laws and powers to protect children. “It is clear that weaknesses in current legislation allow some organisations to teach school-aged children religious texts full time… and avoid proper scrutiny,” Ms.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    23/06/2017
    Summary: 

    An Islamic school that hosted radical clerics and segregated teachers by gender is accused today by the Charity Commission of mismanagement and misconduct. The regulator expressed concern that the Rabia Educational Trust, which caters for 128 pupils and charges up to £2,300 a year, had failed to protect pupils from potentially harmful views. Ofsted has inspected Rabia girls’ and boys’ school in Luton four times since 2014 but it continues to fail to meet educational and management standards and remains under regulatory action by the schools inspectorate.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    07/06/2011
    Summary: 

    Its new counter-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, warned that some people who are supportive of terrorist groups and ideologies have “sought and sometimes gained positions in schools or in groups which work closely with young people.” It said that new standards to be enforced by Ofsted should enable schools to take action against staff who demonstrate unacceptable views

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    09/04/2017
    Summary: 

    Children at an Islamic primary school in Birmingham could be at risk of radicalisation, school inspection group Ofsted has warned. Government inspectors criticised the management at the independent Birmingham Muslim School (BMS), warning of extremism concerns. The Birmingham Mail  inspectors carried out an unannounced visit in January at the schoo

  • Summary: 

    I think the battle we must fight now really has very little to do with sincere religious belief. It’s about social control, repression, misogyny and cruelty. The battle is about Kamaljit, a 14-year-old girl I once taught, who chided me when I read the class a story about snakes in India, like the good, clueless multiculturalist that I was. “Please, Miss, we don’t like that stuff,” she said. “We’re English. We like ice skating.”

    We have to expose Muslim children to as wide a range of experiences as possible so they will feel the gravitational pull of British values. If a Devon primary school recently criticised by Ofsted for not being multicultural enough (yes, really) can arrange a horizon-broadening trip to the inner city, then surely it’s time that Birmingham and Bradford came to Hereford and Hampshire. It was Rodgers and Hammerstein who observed in South Pacific: “You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear / You’ve got to be taught from year to year / It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear / You’ve got to be carefully taught. / You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late / Before you are six or seven or eight / To hate all the people your relatives hate / You’ve got to be carefully taught.”

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    27/02/2017
    Summary: 

    A woman has given a harrowing description of the daily sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of an imam for nearly five years as a young girl. Nabila – not her real name – was sexually abused almost every day from the age of seven in a small mosque operating within an imam's home in the West Midlands. Speaking to 5 live Daily’s Amara Sophia Elahi, Nabila described how she also started self-harming as a way of dealing with the abuse. The abuser, Hafiz Rahman, was found guilty in 2016 of six counts of indecent assault and sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison.

  • Executive Summary

    What are we to learn from the above? If we are wise, it will be this:

    1. There are individuals and organisations in Britain who seek much greater accommodation of, and adherence to, Islamic norms in our society

    2. Efforts to subversively introduce Islamic norms and practices to British schools have already been undertaken, and been successful

    3. The accommodation of Islamic norms etc. in British society will inevitably mean a loss of democratic free speech and an erosion of the rights and protections of women and girls

    4. The British public sector is shaped by state demands for tolerance, inclusion, multiculturalism and diversity. These are of the utmost importance in the mind of the state

    5. Many British teachers, including the profession’s largest union, have expressed anti-Western and anti-British sentiment and openly support the concept of multiculturalism

    6. Activist groups who seek the Islamisation of British schools, use the language of multiculturalism and diversity to advance their arguments and in doing so, successfully sanitise and legitimise notions that are wholly in opposition to the values of British society

    The fact of the matter is that there is an ideological aim to Islamise Britain and the British state is lending a helping hand. In its consistent prioritising of “diversity”, the Government has ignored the detail and has little understanding of what this idea means in every day life. The British Government has effectively decided that religion is good, regardless of what it teaches.

    If this problem is to be fixed, a complete political and cultural shift is required in Britain. Schools must return to teaching literacy, numeracy, the sciences, as priority, and teachers’ political leanings should have no bearing in the classroom. It is right that pupils learn about religion, but in the interests of truth, it cannot be that they learn a sanitised or moderated version that can be constructed and approved by those with their own agenda.

    Teachers should be required to teach the values of Britain to children (to which we need to add equal rights between genders as a matter of urgency), regardless of their feelings, and to teach accurate history and current affairs. If Israel-Palestine is discussed, then the charter of Hamas should be included, as well as the genocidal intent of global jihadis against the Jewish state.

    Furthermore, children should be reminded that they are British, and all of the positive things that this entails.

    Most importantly, Government must move away from the notion that all religions are a force for good, and look instead at what is actually being taught. Government must be honest and open and when it sees problems developing, look at the facts without colouring them with multicultural dogma.

    Parents have a right to know the culture in which their children are being schooled, and we all have a right to know how the minds of future generations are being formed. At present, they are being schooled in multiculturalism, unquestioning respect for all minority groups irrespective of their practices, and something close to disdain for their own history, identity and heritage.

    British schools have numerous problems, but their utilisation as an advancement of jihadi ideology is a problem for us all.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    12/12/2016
    Summary: 
    • Sir Michael Wilshaw said schools in the region were 'appalling'
    • The Ofsted chief warned of attempt to introduce a radical Islamist ethos
    • Birmingham's children's services rated as inadequate by Ofsted since 2008
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  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    04/10/2016
    Summary: 

    A private Muslim school has been forced to change its curriculum, overhaul teaching standards and improve child safety following a Sky News investigation. Education watchdog Ofsted served a statutory notice on the Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, after its strict Sharia code for pupils was made public, including the threat of expulsion for mixing with outsiders. Documents handed out to parents warned that boarders were forbidden from watching TV, listening to music, or reading newspapers, while pupils were taught not to speak to the media.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    04/10/2016
    Summary: 

    Dozens of Islamic schools are still operating despite Ofsted inspectors finding that the schools are “unsafe”, with children being exposed to extremist ideas as well as being unaware of British values, it has emerged. Many more schools have never been inspected at all.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    29/09/2016
    Summary: 

    A high court judge has been slammed for giving special protection to a strict Islamic school which is trying to quash a highly critical Ofsted report, forcing the press to censor its name and location.

    What has been labelled “School X” caters for children from ages four to 16 and separates boys and girls from age ten, for all lessons, lunchtimes, clubs and trips. Inspectors rated it as “inadequate”, claiming the enforced gender segregation policy made girls feel inferior.

  • Summary: 

    Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that leaders in some independent Islamic schools are continuing to undermine British values, after inspectors found more evidence of gender segregation.

    In a letter to Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Minister, the Ofsted chief wrote that inspectors "continue to find that staff are being segregated because of their gender in Muslim independent schools."

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    09/09/2016
    Summary: 

    Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that local councils and police are continuing to ignore illegal faith schools, undermining efforts to prosecute the operators and protect children's rights.

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    03/08/2016
  • Country: 
    United Kingdom (UK)
    News Date: 
    12/07/2016
  • It is poetic justice that the “plan” which kick-started recent events in the British school system-and now proclaimed to be a “hoax”—both fits the description of the investigative findings, and is in line with long-held Islamic doctrines involving the establishment and progressive self-segregation of the Muslim “Ummah” within non-Muslim countries.

  • Ofsted, the organisation charged with monitoring standards in British schools, has produced a report revealing disturbing messages being taught to children by Islamists in secular state institutions.

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