Two teachers involved in the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal in Birmingham schools have been banned for life from teaching.
According to this report, Akeel Ahmed, 41, and Inamulhaq Anwar, 34, above, were found to have isolated pupils from British society by banning sex education lessons and undermining other religions at Park View Academy in Birmingham.
A National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) panel found Anwar also did the same in relation to the education of pupils at Nansen Primary, where he was on the governing body.
One witness said pupil feedback forms revealed boys had not been taught about condoms or HIV because:
With Islam you only have sex with your wife and as a good Muslim that is what you do.
Overly religious assemblies and meetings were held, with Islamic prayers every day.
Boys and girls were separated in some assemblies and classes, with tolerance and respect for the faith and beliefs of others undermined.
Both men also took in WhatsApp chats, including some which were anti-Semitic or were about the murder of soldier Lee Rigby or the Boston Marathon bombings.
They belonged to the group “the Park View Brotherhood” whose membership was limited to male Muslims.
The panel concluded pupils had been:
Immersed in orthodox Islamic doctrine.
Ahmed and Anwar:
Reformed the school curriculum to exclude proper teaching of sex and relationship education, use of contraception and safe sex.
The pair denied the allegations at a hearing last year but the panel found they had had engaged in unacceptable professional conduct which brought the profession into disrepute.
The two schools are among five Birmingham schools plunged into special measures in April 2014 after the emergence of a letter, supposedly penned by conspirators, detailing “Operation Trojan Horse” – an alleged plot by hardline Muslims to take over governing bodies, oust staff and Islamise schools.
Panel chair Mr Mark Tweedle said:
The panel is satisfied that the allegations found proved by the panel are misconduct of a serious nature. The critical concentration on the delivery of Islamic doctrine impeded the opportunity for pupils to explore other cultures and form their own views.
Pupils, particularly girls, ran the risk of being isolated and unprepared for integration within society.
The reforming of the school curriculum created a number of safeguarding concerns with pupils prevented from receiving proper instruction as to contraception and HIV/AIDs.
He said the allegations were in no way concerned with “violent extremism” but pupils raised in a predominantly Muslim community and immersed in orthodox Islamic doctrine at school:
Are more likely to feel isolated and inadequately prepared for the world as they grow up.
Tweedle went on:
As such, they are more likely to be vulnerable to the actions and influences of others who may seek to exploit a sense of alienation.
Both men were prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
Ahmed and Anwar may apply to be reinstated in three years and six years respectively.
Park View Academy was placed in special measures by Ofsted and has since been renamed Rockwood Academy.
Eleven other teachers from schools linked to the so-called Trojan Horse scandal still face allegations of professional misconduct.