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NAHT calls for a long term commitment to support schools in Birmingham

School leaders’ union NAHT believes that children should be protected from extremism and radicalisation of any kind and that radical ideologies are not the exclusive domain of any one religion, race or political group.

Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary said: “There is no place for any kind of extremism in schools. There must be sustained support for school leaders who make a stand to promote children’s access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

“Today’s Ofsted report into five schools inspected in early September says that “little action has been taken to address the serious concerns raised in the previous inspections”. It needs to be said that, despite the seriousness of the situation in Birmingham, we must be realistic about what it is possible to achieve in a short space of time. One of the schools was inspected just after a new head teacher was appointed.

"The Trojan Horse allegations have triggered a major crisis in Birmingham schools. This will take time to heal. We should continue to support school leaders calmly and closely, with neither panic nor complacency.  This situation needs a sustained focus and long term commitment. It is not acceptable for authorities to go back to 'business as usual' when the media spotlight moves on.”

Link to the report: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/advice-note-sir-michael-wilshaw-her-majestys-chief-inspector-secretary-of-state-for-education-rt-hon

Page Published: 14/10/2014

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