An Islamic Â spokesturd for one of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” schools, who is defending it against allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover, has close links to alleged terrorists, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.Â (Andrew Gilligan)
“We don’t celebrate Christmas, do we?”
by Esmerelda Weatherwax
A report by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) into the Oldknow Academy primary school in Birmingham, obtained byÂ The Sunday Times,Â says the school is “taking on the practices of an Islamic faith school and in this regard is not promoting community cohesion”.
Muslim pupils no longer take part in an exchange programme with a local Catholic school, the report says, but Oldknow has run three trips to Saudi Arabia solely for Muslim pupils.Â The most recent cost Â£50,000, of which the school paid Â£32,000. Staff and pupils stayed in five-star hotels and spent Â£800 on tips alone. The EFA document describes the trips as an “extravagant use of public funds”. —Muslim teacher spoke of ‘white prostitutes’Â
Those involved Â in the Trojan Horse plotÂ face life-long bans from all schools in Britain
Teachers and governorsÂ involved in the alleged “Trojan Horse” Islamic takeover plot face life-long bans from all schools in Britain under new powers being taken by Michael Gove.
Mr Gove, the Education Secretary, wants to use the new powers to ensure that anyone found to have been involved in the plot – allegedly designed to Islamise secular state education in Birmingham – is prevented from working in schools elsewhere in the country.
He is also considering removing all state schools in Birmingham from the local education authority’s control,Â The Sunday TelegraphÂ understands.
A blog fromÂ Damian Thompson in the Telegraph. He doesn’t say anything that we didn’t already know, but the comments are well worth a few minutes of your time.
Camoron forces Gove to apologise (for what?)
Fiona Cunningham, the Home Secretary’s special adviser, resigns after the two Cabinet ministers traded blows over who was to blame for the failure to stop the rise of extremism in schools