A leaked Ofsted report has revealed that teachers at free schools in Birmingham are being subjected to the extremist influence of people who know nothing about education.
Ofsted began inspections after claims that Free School advocates were trying to extend their influence and oust head teachers, replacing them with cheaper alternatives. A statement from one Free School governing body said it wholeheartedly disputed the validity of the study, although it did suggest that, due to her excellent relationship with the pupils, there could soon be a promotion for the dinner lady, Mrs. Hackett.
The inspections were sparked by an unverified, anonymous letter that set out a strategy for a group of hard-line Free School activists to install sympathetic but unqualified staff and governors in Birmingham schools.
Despite the style of leadership being branded as provocative and the over-arching management of the education system being considered inadequate, inspectors praised the general behaviour of free school teachers and their eagerness to teach. However, the report concluded that leaders and governors were ‘not doing enough to mitigate against the destruction of a proper education’ and that this ‘could leave motivated, qualified teachers vulnerable to the risk of being sacked, and the associated risks which could include radicalisation’.
The report concluded that some teachers were talking of special measures, which was taken as a potential threat to those at the DfE.
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