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CES defends faith schools in wake of Trojan Horse row

12 June 2014 | by Paul Wilkinson | Comments: 0

This week the Catholic ­Education Service (CES) moved to distance faith schools from the controversy involving the alleged infiltration of Islamic extremism in community schools in Birmingham.The Ofsted chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said “a culture of fear and intimidation had taken grip” in five schools that inspectors placed into special measures this week. Some commentators have used the so-called “Trojan Horse” investigation in Birmingham to attack faith schools, prompting the CES statement. “Many people are confusing extremism with religion. It should be clarified that the alleged problems in Birmingham concern a number of community schools, not faith schools. Catholic schools and other faith schools should not be penalised in respo ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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