Yesterday the House of Commons Education Select Committee published a report entitled: “Extremism in schools: the Trojan Horse affair” criticising the response of the Department for Education and Ofsted to the so-called ‘Trojan Horse Affair’ last year.
You can read the report here
And some media coverage of the publication here and here.
My statement in response to the report is below:
“I welcome yesterday’s report from the Education Select Committee. The report exposes the shockingly poor service which parents at Park View and the other schools involved in the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ affair have received from both Ofsted and the Department for Education.
The chaotic response from the establishment, highlighted by yesterday’s report, has undermined efforts to get our schools back to providing the brilliant education which our young people deserve.
Both Ofsted and the Department for Education have a mountain to climb in terms of restoring trust amongst parents in my constituency.
Right from the get go my priority has been, and always will be, a first class education for our young people and opportunities for parents to be involved in their children’s education. We are making progress in our schools towards that goal. A number of the schools have now received favourable reports from Ofsted and the new set of Governors at PVET have my support.
The publication of this report should draw a line under this episode and reinforce the message that Government must work with parents to ensure the best education possible for our young people.”