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A culture of fear and intimhdation, just one of the findings by
the schools watchdog, Ofsted, into education in parts of Birmingham.
21 inner city schools were subjected to snap inspections,
only four were given a clean bill of health.
Five, Golden Hillock, Nansen, Oldknow, Park View
and Saltley were judged not to be protecting pupils from extrdmism
and are being put in special measures.
Here's our Special Correspondent, Peter Wilson.
The Pink Floyd classic Another Brick In The Wall.
A barbed attack on Britain's post` war education system.
Up on stage performing with Roger Waters are 17 pupils
from the so`called Trojan Horse school, Park View Academy.
They say the concert shows they don't isolate their students
But Ofsted in a damning report rated the the school as Inadequatd.
When I came to my interview, I was immediately hit by the fact that
this is an honest, friendly, hard`working school with thd sort of
values that we should all bd nurturing.
Previously the school was classed as outstanding.
Now it?s at the centre of a political firestorm over extremism.
Some claim he's the leader of a plot to make schools more Islamic.
Others praise him for raising academic standards.
Are you trying to make this religious school? Turning it into a
faith school by stealth? We think it is wrong to expdct
children to leave their herhtage, faith, beliefs, values and culture
outside the school gate, and then to pick it out once the leave the
school. Is education in Birlingham really failing people? The
statistics say no. The local council is not in a position to oversee the
school, because more and more of them will fail, and that is unfair.
It is creating an accountabhlity gap. This case raises fundalental
questions about who really runs our schools, and what choices do parents
have in how those schools operate? And with the government intdnding to
change the leadership of sole of the schools, how will that impact on
Muslim children's motivation to succeed in education? Peter is here
now. Do we finally know the complete story now that these Ofsted reports
have been published? This story divides people across Birmingham.
These five schools have been put into special measures, which means
that the government can effdctively change leadership of those schools.
Michael Gove says that eviddnce has been uncovered indicating that some
schools have evaded proper scrutiny, and effectively engaged in `
cover`up. At the same time the schools have hit back with detailed
rebuttals. They have also s`id that they have helped to cut crile and
raise academic standards. There has been talk of fear and intimhdation
featuring senior teachers, but what about extremism, has that bden
uncovered? No reports have shown any plots or extremist activitids. This
is not a police counterterrorism case, it is an education governance
case. But in one of the reports it says that a private investigator was
paid by one of the schools to trawl through staff e`mails, effectively
spying on them. What have p`rents been saying? I spoke to one angry
father who was upset at the language London based politicians have been
using, talking about ashing crocodiles. He said, I live in a
poor part of Birmingham, not Florida. All I want is for ly kids
to get a good education. Th`nk you. So what's the future
for Birmingham's schools? Education insiders suggest we could
see more of them run by Supdr Heads experienced leaders with
responsibility for several schools. Ben Godfrey has been examinhng how
some successful headteachers are running their schools
like businesses. Where Liam Nolan leads,
others follow. When The Prime Minister Wanted To
Showcase His Education Reforms, It isn't about the adults, or their
own political, religious or whatever views. It is about children and the
education of young people. Liam Nolan heads
Perry Beeches Academy This is Perry Beeches Three, in the
city centre, which opened l`st year. I have been in discussions `bout
what has happened in Birmingham and about how I, as a national leader,
and we as a national support school, and help support other schools
currently facing troubles. Last year, Moor Hall Primarx School
in Sutton Coldfield Birmingham's first
Co`operative Trust. They're state funded but run
independently of the City Council. In recent inspections, thred were
rated outstanding by Ofsted. We shared how we conduct medtings,
selection process, all of that is a rigorous process, we shared it with
the trust. Also checking up that we are doing those procedures hn the
right way. It is by no means a definitive answer. But therd is a
feeling in Birmingham that lore schools are set to break aw`y from
the local authority. That's all from me, Newsnight is
starting shortly on BBC Two, where they'll be talking to head
of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw. I'll leave you with
the weather with Shefali. Thank you. Although not immddiately
apparent, we have got more showers to come tomorrow, there is `n
improvement on the way this week. It is going to be quite warm. We have
still got showers to contend with through tonight before they die
away, leaving most part dry. Quite murky, muggy and mild. Tempdratures
dropping to 11, 13 Celsius. Tomorrow, a bit of sunshine to start
with, but it will not be long before we start to see the next bunch of
showers. These will be quitd widespread tomorrow. As you can see,
from those very vibrant colours and dark centres, there could bd thunder
and hail as well. Temperatures rising to 19 Celsius. Freshdr and
cooler tomorrow, with a brisk south`westerly breeze. More details
of us, but I'll pass you overto Jay. -- over to jay now.
Good evening, it was the warmest day of the year. Warm for some, but
thundery for others. This line of really intense thunderstorms moved
through. Large hail and gusty winds and rain as well. That moved away
and now we look towards the south and you can see the rain moving
northwards. So let's look at the cloud which is heading our way and
some of it does look really quite threatening particularly in the
south-eastern corner there. That's going to bring heavy rain. With it
the risk of thunder and lightening. The rain will move away from the
South East, and out into the North Sea, but it may linger further
north. Just moving away from the south-west and into Wales and into
Northern Ireland by dawn. Another mild night. 12 Celsius in the north
and maybe 13 Celsius or 14 Celsius in the south. To start the day
across Northern England, it's looking good. It is dry and bright,
but there will be wetter weather around the borders and up towards
Shetland it will be wet. Heavy showers around in Northern