24 May 2016

Ex-head tells Trojan Horse inquiry he never cancelled Christmas at Nansen Primary School

A former acting head teacher at a Birmingham school at the centre of the ‘ Trojan Horse ’ inquiry said Ofsted inspectors should be ‘sitting here too’ after they had seen its Muslim practices and praised the school as ‘fantastic’.

Arshad Hussain, 39, who worked at Park View School and later at Nansen Primary in Alum Rock , admitted there was an ‘Islamic ethos’ at the school, and said teachings on homosexuality were not done ‘as closely’ as in other schools.

He denied that there was an ‘Islamising agenda’ at the schools, although he conceded there was an ‘ethos’ of daily calls to Muslim prayer, prayer posters and regular Islamic assemblies at the non-faith state schools.

Giving evidence at the National College for Training & Leadership (NCTL) conduct hearing on Tuesday, Hussain – a former policeman – said that Ofsted inspectors ‘should be sitting here too’, after they had praised the school as fantastic. [Birmingham Mail] Read more