17 November 2016

Second Muslim school told to raise standards by Ofsted

A second private Muslim school has been told to improve its standards following a long-running Sky News investigation.

Education watchdog Ofsted has ruled that Zakaria Muslim Girls' High School in Batley in West Yorkshire is not meeting independent school standards and requires improvement.

A previous report into child safety at the school was withdrawn by the regulator after Sky News revealed the inspector had not talked to pupils or teachers because he was told they were celebrating the Eid religious festival.

Ofsted subsequently ordered a re-inspection after admitting that not talking to children at the school was "a mistake" and said the inspector was no longer working for them. [Sky News] Read more