08 July 2016

'Culture of fear' still exists in Trojan Horse schools

'Overt intimidation' still exists in the communities and schools rocked by the alleged Trojan Horse scandal two years ago, Ofsted has said

Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said that, despite improvements, the situation in these schools remained “fragile”.

Sir Michael’s concerns are contained in a new letter in which he gives a damning assessment of Birmingham city council’s children’s services, which he said is continuing to fail its most vulnerable children.

A recent HMI inspection, the third since 2014, found that Birmingham’s political leaders, have “consistently shown themselves to be incapable of delivering the urgent and sustained change required to improve the safety and wellbeing of the city’s vulnerable children”.

And Sir Michael said that following continued meetings with the schools, council officials and the police, the shadow of the Trojan Horse scandal is still hanging over the schools, despite improvements. [TES Global] Read more