Ofsted Warns Progress Is Too Slow At Birmingham Trojan Horse Schools
14 October 2014, 15:17
The schools judged to be failing pupils after reports into the Trojan Horse allegations are not improving fast enough according to Ofsted.
Inspectors say it has taken too much time to appoint new governors and senior leaders at these schools, meaning that "very little action'' has been taken to address the serious concerns raised about their performance.
In the first update following inspections earlier this year, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw said that "too much poor practice remained unchallenged during the summer term''.
In one case, at Park View Academy, "little had been done'' to tackle segregation between the sexes, and encourage boys and girls to sit together in lessons and share ideas, inspectors warned.
The action and improvement plans of all five schools are "not fit for purpose'', Sir Michael said.
Four separate probes were conducted into the allegations in Birmingham, which were originally sparked by the ''Trojan Horse'' letter - now widely believed to be a hoax - that referred to an alleged plot by hardline Muslims to seize control of a number of school governing boards in the city.
In June, Ofsted issued a damning verdict on the running of a number of Birmingham's schools and declared five failing, placing them into special measures.
These schools were: Golden Hillock School, Nansen Primary School and Park View Academy - all run by the Park View Educational Trust (PVET), as well as Oldknow Academy and Saltley School.