Extremism In Schools: The Trojan Horse Affair
HC 473, Seventh Report Session 2014-15 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
- House of Commons - Education Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Trojan Horse affair epitomises many of the questions and concerns expressed elsewhere about the changing school landscape, and the overlapping roles of the organisations responsible for oversight of schools. Since no evidence of extremism or radicalization (apart from a single isolated incident) was found by any of the inquiries, and there was no evidence of a sustained plot nor of a similar situation pertaining elsewhere in the country, the report 'Extremism In Schools: The Trojan Horse Affair (HC 472)' focuses on the response of the Department for Education and Ofsted to the situation and wider lessons for the school system.
The Committee concludes that the number of overlapping inquiries contributed to the sense of crisis and confusion, and the number of reports coming out at different times - and often leaked in advance, was far from helpful.
The scope for coordination between inquiries by the Education Funding Agency, Ofsted and others is restricted by their statutory roles, but more coordination could and should have been achieved. All the reports included recommendations that went far beyond the situation in the particular schools concerned, and the Department for Education (DfE) should draw together the recommendations from all the investigations and set out its response.
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