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New Trojan Horse Scandal as school accused over allowing Islamist influence.

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Three words that go together, though not apparently in some UK schools. 

Top London CofE school ‘failed to safeguard pupils from Islamic extremism’.

The BBC states,

A Church of England school previously graded outstanding is expected to be put into special measures over concerns about a sixth-form Islamic society.

Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat school, in Stepney, east London, is believed to have failed for not safeguarding and monitoring pupils.

It is believed the society’s Facebook page had links to a radical preacher.

Ofsted has carried out a series of unannounced inspections in Tower Hamlets.

The education watchdog will publish reports on seven schools in the borough on Friday, which is expected to include a numbe

Exclusive: Playground segregation and failure to protect against radicalisation blamed.

One of the country’s most successful inner-city state schools is to be failed by inspectors for neglecting to safeguard its pupils from extremism in an echo of the Birmingham “Trojan Horse” affair.

Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Red Coat Church of England school in Tower Hamlets, east London, will be placed in special measures by the education standards watchdog Ofsted for failing to monitor the activities of an Islamic society set up by sixth-formers at the school.

In particular, a Facebook site set up by the society contained links to hard-line Islamist preachers – a move which could have made pupils vulnerable to radicalisation. The society also set up its own YouTube channel which was not monitored.

The Guardian states,

Ofsted found that sixth formers at Sir John Cass secondary school in Stepney had posted links to Islamist extremist material via a Facebook page claiming to be associated with the school, and that the school’s leadership had failed to act appropriately after being informed.

Then there is this,

SJC ISOC Facebook

And this,

SJC ISOC EVENT

Now there is the claim that this is not extremist Islamism but, well just Islamism.

Hummm

It is worth pointing out that having religious schools in the first place is a breach of the principles of equality and freedom backed by secularists.

Written by Andrew Coates

November 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm

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  1. How far should Ofsted, or the state generally, get involved in the extra-curricular activities of sixth-formers? The idea that any youth attracted to Islamist ideas will be dissuaded by a stern talking-to by some Authority Figure is frankly ludicrous – just as those of us who were radical leftist teenagers back in the day would have laughed at any attempt from some Establishment type to “deradicalise” us by telling us that we were being very naughty. The spread of ideas cannot be arrested by any policeman – the only antidote to bad ideas is better ideas, and unfortunately it sometimes works rather slowly.

    Secularising education is desirable, but it would not – and should not – stop groups of school students organising around political, religious or whatever other ideas they may have, if they so choose, surely?

    Francis

    November 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

  2. Well segregating playgrounds – for students – is an imposition beyond acceptable.

    Andrew Coates

    November 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  3. Agreed. That’s a school policy, and within Ofsted’s remit. I’m just concerned about the thought-police aspects of the state trying to interfere with what sixth-formers do in societies they set up.

    Francis

    November 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm


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