A group of schools in East London is facing criticism after inspections by Britain’s education regulator found that students were not being safeguarded from Islamic extremism.
The schools include the respected Sir John Cass secondary school and independent Muslim faith schools, two of which were supported by the East London Mosque.
All the institutions were subjected to so-called unannounced ‘spot inspections’ by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).
According to the Guardian newspaper, inspectors found A-Level students at Sir John Cass school posting links to Islamist extremist material on a Facebook page associated with the school whilst in one of the faith schools, boys and girls were required to enter via separate entrances.
The findings of the spot inspections are to be submitted later this week to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan who had previously assured the House of Commons that there was no evidence of extremism in East London schools as seen in several Birmingham schools that were targeted by an infiltration plot by conservative Muslims.
The East London schools inspected by Ofsted are part of the London borough of Tower Hamlets home to a large, predominantly South Asian Muslim community.
The schools have been downgraded from “outstanding” to “inadequate” following the inspections and have been placed in “special measures”, according to reports.
Ofted’s inspections came after the Trojan Horse investigations into allegations that several schools in Birmingham were being targeted by groups promoting militant Islamism.