A culture of “fear and intimidation” exists in some British schools due to an alleged Muslim extremist plot, the top school inspector said on Monday, citing faith and gender segregation and funding misuse.
A government investigation, launched after an anonymous letter reported a campaign dubbed “Operation Trojan Horse”, found evidence of a drive to impose Muslim cultural norms in some schools in the central city of Birmingham, said Michael Wilshaw, head of the Ofsted schools inspectorate.
The investigation heard from some headteachers that the campaign, whose organisers were not named, aimed to alter the “character and ethos” of their schools by appointing members to school boards and staff who wanted to favour Muslim values.
“Some of our findings are deeply worrying, and in some ways quite shocking,” said Wilshaw. “In the most serious cases, a culture of fear and intimidation has taken grip.”