Monday, December 14, 2015

UK: Unregistered schools teaching antisemitism

Via the Telegraph:
Sir Michael Wilshaw revealed three unregistered schools are operating in Birmingham as he announced a crackdown against such schools.

Last month, Sir Michael revealed inspectors had found 15 unregistered schools in the country - many of them faith schools.

He wrote to Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary to renew his concern about the safety of children in schools that have been found in “squalid” conditions and where “homophobic and anti-Semitic” books were found.

“Since 2010 we have taken robust steps to tackle unregistered schools and improve safeguarding and this includes being completely clear it is a criminal offence to operate an unregistered independent school."

In his letter, he said of the three schools in Birmingham: “Inspectors found clear evidence that all settings were operating as unregistered schools.”

He said a total of 94 children were being educated in these schools, where inspectors found “a narrow Islamic-focused curriculum [and] inappropriate books and other texts including misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic material”.
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