A leaked report into the so-called “Trojan Horse” plot has found evidence there was an agenda to introduce “an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos” into some Birmingham schools.
The report, revealed in The Guardian, was ordered by the government after claims some Muslim groups were trying to take control in some schools.
The Department for Education has said it will not comment on the leaks.
Birmingham City council is releasing its own report later on Friday.
We do not need an over-reaction. This is not a criticism of the Islamic faith, but of a narrow current within it”
Russell HobbyGeneral secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers
The government’s report was compiled by retired senior police officer Peter Clarke, the former head of the Met Police’s counter-terrorism unit. It is due to be published next week.
It says he found evidence of “sustained and co-ordinated agenda to impose upon children in a number of Birmingham schools the segregationist attitudes and practices of a hardline and politicised strain of Sunni Islam”.
He also found evidence of a “co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into some schools in the city”.
The agenda would have confined “schoolchildren within an intolerant, inward-looking monoculture that would severely inhibit their participation in the life of modern Britain,” the leaked report says.
A spokesman for the DfE said: “The allegations made in relation to some schools in Birmingham are very serious and we are investigating all evidence put to us in conjunction with Ofsted and Birmingham City Council.”
He said Mr Clarke would be reporting back shortly and it was vital the inquiry was carried out impartially and without pre-judgement.
When Mr Clarke’s appointment was announced, West Midlands Police criticised the decision.
Chief Constable Chris Sims said Mr Clarke had “many qualities” but people would “inevitably draw unwarranted conclusions from his former role”.
Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said his union was disturbed by the Clarke review findings but not surprised.
They reflected concerns raised in May about improper governance and staffing and “a narrowing of entitlement for children”, he said.
“We do not need an over-reaction. This is not a criticism of the Islamic faith, but of a narrow current within it,” he said.
The city council’s report, carried out by former head teacher Sir Ian Kershaw, is understood to be critical of the governance of a number of schools in the city but found no evidence of violent extremism, radicalisation or an anti-British agenda being promoted.
The council itself is thought to come in for criticism in the report for its failure to monitor and intervene at the schools involved.
Last month, Ofsted and the Education Funding Agency published their reports and five schools were placed in special measures as a result.
The schools involved have always denied any wrongdoing.
On Tuesday, the board of trustees resigned at Park View Education Trust, which has been at the centre of claims, stating they had been the victims of a “co-ordinated and vicious” attack.
The trust has been the focus of allegations made in the anonymous Trojan Horse letter – now widely held to be a hoax – alleging the existence of a clique of hardline Muslims attempting to seize control of Birmingham schools.