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Sir Tim Brighouse, former London Schools Commissioner and chief education officer for Oxfordshire and Birmingham, writes:
A game of 20 questions for those who would solve the curious incident of the Trojan Horse in the middle of Birmingham.
1. What is the provenance of the Trojan Horse letter? Was it real or a hoax and is it pure co-incidence that it has the same title as a chapter of a book, Celsius 7/7, written by Michael Gove?
I think I can answer the question about guidance given to Ofsted. It was to judge each school's engagement with the counter-terrorism strategy "Prevent". Most of the Ofsted reports on the B'ham schools mentioned how far, or not, a school had implemented "Prevent". I've written more about it here:
This whole affair has the nasty smell of McCarthyism. Unsubstantiated claims, an 'anonymous' letter, no real evidence of any value presented among the findings of two highly politicised Quangos, and Gove and Cameron using it as an opportunity to foist new restrictions and 'xenophobic' ideology on schools.
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