Downing Street Launches Snap Ofsted Visits after Schools Extremism Claims

THE GUARDIAN – Downing Street has ordered a system of snap inspections in response to allegations that a cluster of schools in Birmingham are under the influence of Islamist extremists.

Arguing that the schools in question have been able to “cover up” because they had notice of previous inspections, David Cameron announced proposals to send Ofsted to any school without warning.

The prime minister’s intervention comes as Ofsted publishes a string of reports triggered by the so-called “Trojan horse” letter alleging that there had been an Islamist takeover plot to take control of community schools in Birmingham.

Five Birmingham schools out of 21 inspected will be downgraded to inadequate – Ofsted’s lowest rating – and placed in special measures on Monday, after what inspectors claimed was poor management and lack of attention to protecting pupils from what Ofsted will call “an awareness of the risks arising from extremism”.

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  • razer

    “Arguing that the schools in question have been able to “cover up”
    because they had notice of previous inspections, David Cameron announced
    proposals to send Ofsted to any school without warning.”

    OK … let me get this strait. Schools were able to cover-up because they had notice of an inspection … Right? AND NOW … David Cameron puts them on notice they will be subject to an inspection any time … Right? I don’t get it.

    Damn glad Cameron wasn’t running the show on D-Day.

    • http://www.meebal.com/ meebal

      That’s about the gist of things. The real issue is that David Cameron is scared of causing offence to the religious extremists. This little ploy will now allow those to be inspected hide the facts before inspectors arrive… if they actually do.