‘Radicalisation risk’ at six Muslim private schools, says Ofsted
Pupils at six small Muslim private schools in east London are at risk of extremist views and radicalisation, says Ofsted’s chief inspector.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said the pupils’ “physical and educational welfare is at serious risk” following a series of emergency inspections.
He said all the schools focused too heavily on Islamic teachings.
One of the schools called Ofsted “unprofessional”, while another said its findings did not reflect reality.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says the schools will be closed down if changes are not made quickly.
“We asked Ofsted to carry out these independent school inspections and the findings are very concerning,” she said.
“While there is no suggestion of a co-ordinated plot, it is clear that these schools are failing children and this is unacceptable.
“All schools must prepare children for life in modern Britain.”
At one school, inspectors found pupils did not know the difference between sharia and British law.
And they said the curriculum at Mazahirul Uloom School in Tower Hamlets “focused solely” on Islamic themes.
In a letter to Ms Morgan, Sir Michael said he was “extremely concerned about the large number of failings” in each of the six schools and was “not convinced” current managers were capable of making necessary improvements.
“I believe that, in all six schools, pupils’ physical and educational welfare is at serious risk,” he wrote.
“Given the evidence gathered from these inspections, particularly in relation to the narrowness of the curriculum, I am concerned that pupils in these schools may be vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation.”