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News - 25 November 2014

Ofsted rules on Faith Schools

Ofsted have issued reports on Muslim Schools in east London, revealing that pupils did not know the difference between Sharia and British law.

Schools were found to be concentrating on Islamic themes, and that pupils believed it was wrong to learn about other religions and were not taught art, music or drama.

The school named in the report is a small secondary boys' school that professes to teach the National Curriculum and Islamic Sciences, but inspectors found too much of the curriculum "focuses solely on Islamic themes" and judged it inadequate.

Liz Kennett, Audit and Accounts Manager of ABDS, and a Schools and Charities specialist comments: “An emergency inspection of one school found there were good opportunities to study and practise their Islamic faith but in other respects students were not provided with a broad and balanced curriculum, and that pupils had a "narrow view" of women in society.”

The report said: "The narrowness of the curriculum means that students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, in particular their understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance, is underdeveloped."

The schools concerned were in Tower Hamlets, the council said that it would wait until all the reports were published

Independent schools, academies and free schools already have to adhere to the Independent School Standards (ISS), which demand that schools encourage pupils to "respect" British values.

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman, Peter Ham or Liz Kennett now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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