Inspecting Trojan Horse schools

karamat iqbal made this Freedom of Information request to Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

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Dear Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills,

I recently made a request to the Department for Education concerning the inspection of 21 Birmingham schools in 2014, known as the Trojan Horse schools. They have responded, as shown in this link: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/6...

I would now like to know what instructions did you in turn issue to the inspectors in order to respond to the DfE instruction.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Karamat Iqbal

InformationRequest, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

Dear Dr Iqbal,

 

Your request for information

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 11 December in which you requested the
following information:

 

+ ‘I recently made a request to the Department for Education concerning
the inspection of 21 Birmingham schools in 2014, known as the Trojan
Horse schools. They have responded………………………….. I would now like to
know what instructions did you in turn issue to the inspectors in
order to respond to the DfE instruction.’

 

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2000 and any other legislation that may apply.

 

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This should be by 13 January 2021; however, if we can respond sooner we
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Julie Hadler

Information Access Co-ordinator

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Kerry McTear, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

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Dear Dr Iqbal

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information.

 

Best wishes

Kerry McTear

 

Kerry McTear

Information Access Officer | Information Rights and Access Team (IRAT) |
Ofsted | 2 Rivergate | Temple Quay | Bristol BS1 6EH

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Dear Kerry McTear,

Thank you for your response to my FOI request, for 15 of the 21 schools . I have supplementary requests as follows:
1. please could you provide me the schedule of dates of inspections of the remaining (6) schools.
2. please could you provide the content of the compulsory training for inspectors which was provided on 1 April 2014
3. please can you explain what, in para 12 of the document: 'Monitoring inspections in Birmingham schools', was meant by "extremist and/or intolerant views" and "prepared for life in multicultural Britain".

Yours sincerely,

Karamat Iqbal

Kerry McTear, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

Dear Dr Iqbal

Thank you for your email. In response to your requests:

1. Inspection dates can be found in the form of a time line for every school on the Ofsted reports website (https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/). This can be filtered to show secondary schools in Birmingham which will provide the information you are requesting. Or alternatively individual schools can be found by searching on name or URN.

2. As advised in our letter 'You will note that in this briefing it refers to compulsory training held for inspectors. We have carried out reasonable searches for this information but have not been able to locate any details of this training. Our training records are usually only kept for three years after the date of the training.' We are therefore not able to provide any further information as to the content of the training.

3. The FOI Act is concerned with the disclosure of recorded information. As your request involves an explanation, this is not something that can be provided under the FOI Act.

I hope the information we have been able to provide has been of assistance to you.

Best wishes
Kerry McTear

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Dear Kerry McTear,

Thank you for your response. Since the publication of the letter in The Guardian (3.6.2014), the narrative about Ofsted has been "First-hand accounts of the Ofsted inspections that have emerged are disturbing. They suggest that inspectors were poorly prepared ...". Given that the inspectors were trained, it would help to change the above narrative if you could provide details of the training the inspectors received.

Yours sincerely,

karamat iqbal

Kerry McTear, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

I am currently not working afternoons so if your query is urgent, please
email  [email address].

 

Many thanks

Kerry

 

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