School officials face removal over Islamism in Birmingham schools
Head teachers and governors of up to seven schools in Birmingham could lose their jobs over reports that Islamic fundamentalists attempted to takeover schools
Head teachers and governors of up to seven schools in Birmingham could lose their jobs following an investigation into claims that Islamic fundamentalists attempted a takeover of secular schools, The Sunday Times reported Sunday.
Three of the schools have already failed inspections by Ofsted, the body which sets and ensures standards of teaching in schools and college, and four more are said to be at risk of failing.
Schools that fail typically have their leadership replaced, meaning Tahir Alam, the prominent chairman of governors at Park View, is at risk of losing his job.
Alam has repeatedly been at the center of the school scandal that has rocked some Birmingham schools.
He has described reports of the alleged takeover plot by Islamists as a “witch-hunt.”
The Sunday Times has learned that Alam supported a recent application by governors at Washwood Heath Academy to sponsor a chain of schools. The bid was led by its chairman of governors Darren Walsh, a chief inspector with West Midlands police.
West Midlands police have denied Walsh was involved in the police investigation into the takeover claims. Alam declined to comment.
An investigation into the alleged take over sparked after a document now referred to as Trojan Horse was revealed. The document was purportedly a blueprint for how hardline Muslims could take control of secular schools.
While the Washwood Heath school received a passing mark on its Ofsted inspection in 2012, the school’s past is not without blemishes, the most worrying of which is the fact al-Qaeda affiliate Rashid Rauf studied there.
Washwood Heath is among a total of 18 schools now under investigation by Ofsted over claims that conservative Islamic practices are being imposed in classrooms.
According to the most recently released information regarding the probe into the schools found illegal segregation of pupils and discrimination against non-Muslim pupils.
The latest document said some parts of the syllabus were ignored for being “un-Islamic” and that extremist preachers had been allowed to speak to pupils.
Reports by Ofsted on four other schools — Saltley, Ladypool, Oldknow and Adderley — are due next month.
None of the 18 schools responded to requests for comment. Birmingham city council declined to comment.