08 May 2016

Claims of extremist views in Cardiff classroom

A former teacher has told a national newspaper that they encountered extremist views in a Cardiff classroom.

In an article on the 'Mail on Sunday', the teacher writes that some of the students thought those behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris and the murder of Lee Rigby, were heroes. Whilst the teacher adds that the majority of students were 'lovely' and 'respectful', they claim the school failed to respond effectively to those showing extreme views.

In a statement to ITV News, the school says that is not the case:

"Anyone who knows Fitzalan would not recognise the picture of the school that is being painted here. In a recent peer review, visiting teachers recognised how positive the atmosphere is at the school.

"Fitzalan is a very popular and over-subscribed school, serving a diverse community. The school population is made up of children and young people from 40 different nationalities and a number of religions. [ITV] Read more