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Trojan Horse scandal: Birmingham accuses Ofsted head of smear campaign

Trojan Horse scandal: Birmingham accuses Ofsted head of smear campaign

England’s Chief Inspector of Schools is today accused of abandoning “objectivity and independence” in his handling of the Trojan Horse scandal and of “tarring” a generation of Muslim children with “the brush of extremism”.

In a coordinated attack city leaders, officials and businessmen in Birmingham said Sir Michael Wilshaw’s “ill-advised and ill-informed” approach to “isolated” problems in the city had damaged community relations and led to a teacher recruitment crisis. They suggest the Chief Inspector is attempting to deflect attention from Ofsted’s failure to identify problems in schools they previously judged “outstanding”.

“While we have no intention of belittling the serious issues at play, Sir Michael has crossed the line from [giving] independent advice on the schools system to a full-on attack on the city of Birmingham,” said Jerry Blackett, chief executive of Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. “The Chief Inspector of Schools should be motivated by overall improvement for the children of the city. His tirades appear to be motivated either by politics or self-publicity, or both.”

He went on to accuse the Ofsted head of deliberately trying to damage Birmingham. “Sir Michael forgets that these public and high profile attacks go way beyond supporting the city in improving schools performance, safeguarding or governance. He entirely ignores the numerous success stories and positive examples from the area to focus on the negative experiences of a minority.”

Until now, senior figures in Birmingham have remained diplomatic in their comments about Ofsted’s Trojan Horse investigation, despite private misgivings about its remit, method of inspection, and findings.

Last week, however, Sir Michael used an appearance before MPs to lay the blame for problems found in five Birmingham schools squarely at the door of the city council. Now senior local government officials and politicians have accused Sir Michael of deliberately misrepresenting problems with governance in a small number of schools by associating them with a wider threat of Islamic extremism.

Independent, 13 July 2014

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  • JD

    But but only muslims are terrorists and everything else is just someone with mental illness or drunk We better keep spying n them mosques

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    The celebrating began before the coroner could collect the bodies of
    Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, the Las Vegas patrol officers ambushed and
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    “The good news is, there are two less police in the world,” read an entry on the Facebook page for

    The post was visible for less than a day, but it attracted at least
    6,300 likes and comments by the time the page’s administrators removed

    Jerad Miller — who along with his wife, Amanda, gunned down the Vegas police officers before dying during a shootout with police — was one of Cop Block’s 780,000-plus Facebook fans.

    The decentralized advocacy group says it disavows violence while spreading a belief that “badges don’t grant extra rights.”

    But the Millers, described by investigators as anti-government extremists, had a deadly animosity for authority.

    View gallery.

    Officer Alyn Beck was remembered as a loyal husband and dedicated father to his three children. (AP)

    “Bout time to start killing cops, eh?” Miller, 31, wrote in May when
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    can kill all these despotic goons they will turn on their masters and
    once again be public servants and we can end this madness.”

    After a historic decline in the number of police officers fatally
    shot last year, 2014 has rebounded to previous levels. Beck and Soldo
    are among 28 U.S. officers
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    death came Sunday, when rookie Jersey City, N.J., Officer Melvin
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    Such shameless bravado — online and off — and an exploding right-wing movement are creating anxiety about attacks against police.

    “There’s a deep concern that there has been a measurable increase in
    violence against police officers, especially with firearms,” said Rich
    Roberts, spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations.
    The anti-police movement “seems to feed off each other online,” he said.

    The FBI has increased warnings about possible threats to law
    enforcement, multiple police sources told Yahoo News. The bureau
    declined to confirm any change.

    This follows a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report
    that included a warning about domestic extremists using the Internet to
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    Rich Stanek, who chairs the National Sheriffs’ Association Homeland
    Security Committee, said he proudly protects constitutional rights, but
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    accountability whatsoever,” said Stanek, sheriff of Hennepin County in

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    Association conference, said Stanek, who commands an 800-member
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    “That’s the single greatest concern that faces our deputies today,” Stanek said.

    Trent Nice, a former neighbor of Miller’s in Lafayette, Indiana, frequented his friend’s Facebook page.

    “I shared a lot of his views, but would never do anything like that,” Nice told Yahoo News by email.

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    Officer Igor Soldo and his wife, Andrea, would have celebrated their son’s first birthday on July 7. (AP)

    “As far as me liking the post, if that’s what he intended when he
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    Sam Bradbury, a group member, was jailed in late June for posting a
    detailed Facebook messagethreatening to kill multiple authorities and
    destroy a courthouse “in a blaze of glory.” Arresting officers also
    recovered six bags of bomb-making material from the 22-year-old’s home.

    Bradbury is being held on federal charges of using electronic
    communications to threaten injury to a person and destroy property with
    an incendiary device. According to an FBI affidavit,
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    FOOLS” in parentheses. But a judge ruled he did not have to accept
    Bradbury’s First Amendment disclaimer and ordered him held without bail
    until an arraignment later this month.

  • Nur

    Actually, ‘Uncle Adolf’ pretending to be the minority, clamoring that he was being bombarded with the hordes of invaders who wanted to destroy his way of life.

  • Lynchpin

    A nearby Headteacher blamed Birmingham’s local education authority (part of the council) for allowing governors in the region too much power, especially in academies, thus putting children’s education at risk.
    Such governors are made up of several groups of people in the region, some of which I wouldn’t be surprised are these people in the article blaming Ofsted.
    Ofsted blames school/academy management, including the governors, in addition to Birmingham Council’s education authority.
    Amongst others, Birmingham Council blames the Daily Telegraph for allowing this situation to become public knowledge.
    The Daily Telegraph blames primarily Birmingham Council.
    And round and round we go.

  • Ahmed

    You can always listen to uncle Adolf. What could go wrong?

  • JD

    Uncle Adolf says:
    Have a problem blame the minority people and use it to get into power .

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