27 January 2016

Schools that allow face veils could fail Ofsted inspection

Schools that allow pupils or teachers to wear the veil risk being failed by Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw has announced.

The chief inspector of schools backed head teachers who do not want girls to cover their faces at school and ordered inspectors to mark down schools if the veil was acting as a barrier to learning and positive social interaction.

David Cameron and Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, said last week that public organisations such as the courts should be free to restrict the wearing of veils.

Sir Michael said that they had been “right to give their backing to schools and other institutions which insist on removing face coverings when it makes sense to do so”.

He added: “I am concerned that some heads who are trying to restrict the wearing of the full veil in certain circumstances are coming under pressure from others to relax their policy. I want to assure these leaders that they can rely on my full backing. [The Times (£)] Read more