Snap inspections have been carried out in six East London schools by Ofsted, over fears that another Trojan Horse plot could be underway in the borough of Tower Hamlets. The inspections were ordered by the Department of Education after concerns were raised about the influence of Islamic teaching in the schools’ curriculums. Five of the six schools are private Islamic faith schools, and one is a Church of England primary.
The schools include the East London Academy and Al-Mizan primary, both of which are private junior schools for boys run by the East London Mosque Trust, the Sunday Times has reported. Each charges £3,000 a year to teach children, mostly hailing from Bangladeshi families living in the area, passages from the Koran as well as a mainstream curriculum. Both were rated “good” for quality of education and teaching by Ofsted in 2011, and “outstanding” for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Jamiatual Ummah secondary and Sir John Cass and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School, the latter of which is a voluntary aided state school, were also inspected. Sir John Cass is a flagship CofE school in the area. Two further schools were not named.
Written by DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
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