Trojan horse

26 Jun 2014

The story about the ‘Trojan horse’ affair in Birmingham has dominated the education headlines for several weeks. Many questions have been raised: cronyism amongst governors, the role of religion in state schools, the difficulty in recruiting governors when the stakes are so high and the ultimate power of one person, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State, to make decisions in schools.

25 Jun 2014

The Telegraph is reporting that guidance allowing Faith schools to segregate boys and girls and restrict subjects such as music has been scrapped by Ofsted.

10 Jun 2014

Michael Gove has announced his response to the Trojan Horse reports. Schools, including academies, will face no notice inspections and will be obliged to promote ‘British values’. Ofsted’s chief, Sir Michael Wilshaw says the affected schools declined suddenly and therefore he has confidence in both the former ‘outstanding’ judgements and now the ‘special measures’ judgement. But can parents have confidence in Ofsted?