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Birmingham Trojan Horse Inquiry: Headteacher Jahangir Akbar receives life ban for inflicting religious intolerance on pupils.

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Shame of devout Islamic Headmaster who tried to enforce his religion on state school.

Trojan horse headteacher receives lifetime ban for professional misconduct.

Reports the Guardian.

Jahangir Akbar, formerly of Oldknow academy in Birmingham, removed sex education from curriculum and banned celebration of Christmas and Diwali.

A headteacher who was accused of misconduct in the so-called Trojan horse scandal in Birmingham has been banned indefinitely from teaching after being found guilty of professional misconduct.

Jahangir Akbar, who was the acting headteacher of Oldknow academy in Small Heath, Birmingham, was found by a disciplinary hearing to have “failed to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviours”. Investigators said he allowed an undue amount of religious influence on the education of pupils at his school.

The Birmingham Post reports however this,

The former headteacher of a Trojan Horse-linked school in Birmingham has been handed an “indefinite” teaching ban – but could be back in the classroom in five years time.

Jahangir Akbar , the former acting principal of Oldknow Academy in Small Heath, was last month found guilty of professional misconduct following a hearing by the government-run National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL).

Now the Department for Education has revealed the 38-year-old has become the first teacher in Britain to be sanctioned for allowing an “undue amount of religious influence” on pupils’ education.

One has little doubt that the kind of person in the NUT who backed this creature will come up with an explanation….

Written by Andrew Coates

January 5, 2016 at 4:28 pm

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  1. The list of shame, ol those who claimed the ‘Trojan Horse’ allegations were false and/or motivated by “Islamophobia” now needs to be placed on record:

    1/ The Guardian, including its Education Correspondent and Seumas Milne

    2/ The SWP

    3/ Socialist Resistance

    4/ Birmingham NUT (under the influence of the SWP)

    These fake-left apologists of religious extremism and reaction, must be named and shamed, I will, shortly, be posting more about this at Shiraz Socialist.

    Jim Denham

    January 6, 2016 at 2:04 am

  2. Jim Denham

    January 6, 2016 at 2:07 am

  3. As I have said, I know Brum relatively well.

    It was obvious.

    Andrew Coates

    January 6, 2016 at 12:12 pm

  4. Sir Tim Brighouse, a former chief education officer in Birmingham, and other edcuational ‘experts’ were among those expressing ‘fury’ (as the Guardian put it) about the Trojan Horse allegations (saying they must be false). The Guardian itself did its best to rubbish the reports.

    http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jun/03/education-experts-ofsted-trojan-horse-birmingham-schools

    Since then, Mr Brighouse and co have gone rather quiet and have yet to issue a retraction, let alone an apology.

    The stupidity in this is that a neutral eye would have suspected that something might well be up and that at least some of the allegations would probably turn out to be true, and not immediately insisted it must be a pack of lies. It would have been perfectly reasonable and wise to say, “Let’s wait and see, and we’ll comment when we know more for certain.”

    Mr Brighouse and co chose short term-satisfaction over likely (and as it turns out actual) long-term embarrassment. Jim is right that they ought to be publicly reminded of it. Either you want our schools properly and fairly run or you don’t.

    Lamia

    January 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  5. I would not expect any apology for their cretinous apology for Islamism from the usual quarters.

    Andrew Coates

    January 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm

  6. Birmingham Socialist Resistance did not take the position described by Jim Denham, although the leading figure for the SWP in the NUT did.

    Mike Tucker

    January 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  7. That aside Mike, my opinion of SR and the NPA has gone up considerably since this was posted on Facebook just now:

    Andrew Coates

    January 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm

  8. Re Mike Tucker’s comment that Birmingham Socialist Resistance “did not take the position described by Jim Denham”, I accept that I was wrong to simply lump them in with the SWP. But in practice, their stance came over as virtually the same as the SWP’s (at public meetings, the Trades Council, etc)

    Socialist Resistance’s ambivalent position is outlined in this detailed, but waffling, article by Rick Hatcher:

    http://socialistresistance.org/6437/the-trojan-horse-myth-in-birmingham

    Jim Denham

    January 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  9. Well for a start the ‘myth’ label has become pretty mythic….

    Andrew Coates

    January 10, 2016 at 2:03 pm

  10. I note that the Socialist Resistance piece links to the Birmingham CASE response to Trojan Horse (I suspect, but don’t know for sure, written by Rick Hatcher) which contains the following:

    “The Prevent Strategy has been deliberately used by Ofsted as the main criteria for failing Birmingham schools in the wave of inspections ordered by Wilshaw. No inspections of schools elsewhere have made use of Prevent in this way. It is claimed that its purpose is to identify ‘extremists’, though no evidence of ‘extremism’ was found. The consequence has been not the safeguarding of children and young people but the whipping up of Islamophobia.

    It is worth looking at what the Prevent strategy policy document, published by the government in 2011, actually says. Pages 65-71 deal with schools. (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97976/prevent-strategy-review.pdf )

    ’10.15. All schools are required by law to teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. Publicly funded schools are required to promote community cohesion…’

    10.16. There are also safeguards against biased or unbalanced teaching and the promotion of partisan political views in publicly funded schools. These require that all reasonably practicable steps are taken to ensure that, where political or controversial issues are brought to pupils’ attention, they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views.’

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    The document also says that there is NOT ‘a significant problem that needs to be resolved’. As even the Ofsted inspections in Birmingham were forced to admit, they found ‘no evidence of extremism’.
    ‘10.44 We regard Prevent work with children and with schools as an important part of the strategy. But this work needs to be proportionate. It must not start from a misplaced assumption that there is a significant problem that needs to be resolved. We have seen some evidence of very limited radicalisation of children by extremist or terrorist groups. There is further evidence that some schools – and some supplementary schools – have used teaching materials which may encourage intolerance. And we know that some extremist or terrorist organisations have held positions of influence in education or in other organisations working closely with children. But these issues must be kept in perspective.’

    The conclusion that the Scrutiny Committee should draw, and highlight in its recommendations, is that it is essential that the Prevent strategy is interpreted and translated into appropriate ways of teaching and integrated into the curriculum, suitable for different age groups, so that it becomes a real learning experience, not a reinforcement of Islamophobia. Every child’s and young person’s education should enable them to develop a critical understanding, informed by a sense of social justice, of the big social and political issues in the world (and a critical engagement with the concept of ‘British values’), in ways appropriate to pupils’ ages. One place for it in the curriculum is citizenship education, but it will also permeate many other subject areas. One element in this is the specific issue of ‘terrorism’, enabling pupils to understand the historical causes and power relations that give rise to it, and while there may be valuable inputs from external providers it is vital that it is not a bolt-on extra and that the responsibility for teaching remains that of the teacher herself or himself.

    Another element in the curriculum is multicultural and anti-racist teaching. Many teachers already address these issues but the Trojan Horse events and the attacks by Gove and Wilshaw have made the expression of racist views more apparently legitimate. This needs to be tackled with renewed vigour in the classroom, not just in the 21 schools but in schools across the city, and perhaps especially in majority-white schools.
    It is obvious that the involvement of the community in all of this is absolutely vital, both to ensure their support and to ensure that provision satisfies the real needs, and entitlements, of the whole community.
    There is good practice in our schools and a key recommendation that Scrutiny should make is that there are structures put in place for its sharing and development by teachers with community involvement, and not just a reliance on ‘training’ by external providers.

    For a local Education Forum as a framework for moving forward
    In the coming months the schools will be responding to the requirements and recommendations various reports that will have been published by the end of July. Each school has its own specific situation and needs and will chart its own path forward. But many of the issues apply in various ways across many or all of the schools, as do many of the community’s concerns and aspirations. There is an opportunity here for a collaborative approach which brings together the schools and the community to share and develop ideas and practices on a whole range of issues, including anti-racist teaching, responding to Prevent in educationally effective ways, and developing a curriculum that critically engages with life in Birmingham and celebrates multiculturalism.”

    Jim Denham

    January 10, 2016 at 8:54 pm


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