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Now on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.
Welcome to BBC London News
with me, Victoria Hollins.
A headteacher has backed down
from a ban on hijabs in her east
London primary school.
St Stephen's in Upton Park recently
introduced restrictions on girls
wearing the headscarf.
The school said the move was to help
Muslim children integrate
into British society.
But now that decision
has been reversed.
our Education Reporter,
The hijab is an important part
of the Muslim faith,
worn by some women as a symbol
of privacy and modesty.
But is it appropriate for young
children to wear to school?
The Government leaves it up
to individual schools
to set their own uniform policy
and last week, this primary in east
London banned children under the age
of eight from wearing the hijab,
which has split opinion
If you see this school has exceeded
in their curriculums and everything
and there was no ban at that time,
the hijab wasn't
banned at that time.
So that means the hijab
is not a problem.
Why is it a problem?
It's all about the parents.
It should be allowed.
It shouldn't be banned.
Depends on the wish.
If they want to wear
hijab, that's OK.
If they don't, it's OK.
We don't force them.
You don't force them at this age.
Eight years is not the age.
The chair of governors
also banned children
from fasting during Ramadan.
He took to Facebook
to explain his reasons.
But the community here
seems to disagree.
A campaign sprang up
to overturn the ban.
There's a petition which currently
has 20,000 signatures.
There's been a further
twist in this saga.
It's the end of the school day.
Parents are just arriving
to pick up their children,
and the chair of governors has just
tendered his resignation.
He sent us the e-mail as well.
In it, he says "I wish them
continued success and I'm sorry
if my actions have caused any harm
to the reputation of
this fantastic school".
The school told us the uniform
policy is based on the health,
safety and welfare of the children.
They say they will continue
to review the policy,
working with parents.
Nobody is forced to wear the hijab.
Parents have the choice.
Those parents who wish
their children to wear the hijab,
in the school, many children
of Muslim faith do not
wear the hijab.
So our main concern here
was that we don't want to lose
the right of choice for my children.
We don't want them to
lose their identity.
But some warn that there is a danger
that there are those who view
it very differently.
We believe that it is an imposition
made by fundamentalists
and religious ultraconservatives
who want to control
young women and girls.
Their rationale is
a very dangerous one.
Ofsted is currently consulting
widely on the issue of religious
garments in schools and will then
which feels long overdue.
With more on this story,
Ayshea Buksh joins me now.
So, a sensitive topic and not just
at this east London school?
That's right. The school in Upton
Park is rated outstanding by Ofsted.
It is oversubscribed and the
proposal was for girls under eight
to not have to fast or where the
hijab while at school because they
were regarded as too young. You has
one of the highest Muslim
populations in Britain, -- new home.
So it's not surprising that this was
not popular to everyone. The
headteacher told a Sunday paper that
she recognised that Muslim culture
was important, but wanted to promote
as Mark said, British values and
make it easier for children to
integrate and achieve. Ofsted are
also working on their guidance over
the hijab. Last year, they suggested
that their inspectors should be able
to question girls on why they are
wearing it at primary school. This
was condemned because it was
regarded that this would single out
Muslim girls and they should wear
whatever they want in order to be
If you're disabled, use a pushchair
or have any mobility problems,
negotiating stairs or escalators
at tube stations can
pose huge problems.
Today transport bosses announced
a multi million pound plan
to address that issue.
It's all part of the drive
to improve accessibility
on the Underground network.
Here's our transport
correspondent Tom Edwards.
For most travellers,
stairs are just part
of the daily commute.
For others like Valerie, steps
are a big barrier to using the tube.
Too many stairs.
Often, you've got two
or three flights.
Like Oxford Circus,
you've got at least two
flights of stairs to go up.
And lots of people.
If you got bags or luggage,
it's very difficult.
Today it was announced
that a further 13 tube
stations will go step-free,
among them Northolt in north-west
London, where they'll get a lift.
In total, it will cost £200 million.
Here at Northolt, it will be
a lift solution to improve
the accessibility from the street
down to the platform.
Other stations will be
on the environment of the station.
Sometimes it's a ramp solution,
which is obviously a simpler install
and a more efficient way to provide
the same accessibility.
At the moment, 72 out of 270 tube
stations are step-free, 28%.
By 2022, the mayor wants 102,
or 40% of stations,
to be step-free.
But campaigners want more.
A lot of older people think
of the tube as something
that's not for them.
Stairs are a big part
of the reason for that.
They're not the only
reason, but they're a big
part of the reason.
Ambitious plans to make
the tube more accessible
have faltered before.
Campaigners are hoping that this
time, there will be more progress
to make the tube more
accessible for everyone.
That's it for now from me, but let's
find out what the weather's up
to with Chris Fawkes.
Our weekend weather can be summed up
quite nicely in the satellite
picture. Clear skies at the moment,
but looking over my shoulder, love
pressure that will bring rain on
Saturday. And we have low pressure
off the eastern Canada which will
bring heavy rain our way for the
second half of the weekend. Not the
most inspiring weekend. The clear
skies at the moment are allowing
temperatures to fall close to
freezing, but it's also breezy. If
you get a frost, temperatures will
not get far below and rain will be
arriving towards the end of the
night. On Saturday, thickening cloud
spreads in, bringing outbreaks of
rain. There could be some snow mixed
in with this and sleet over the tops
of the Chilterns. Otherwise, it is a
cold rain that will be falling for
most of us. Temperatures will be
struggling. For the second half of
the weekend, another area of low
pressure will move in, bringing
heavy outbreaks of rain and an
intern smiled the next week.