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March 2014, alleged to be from Birmingham Islamists detailing how to wrest control of a school and speculating about expanding the scheme to other cities. Education Funding Authority in 21 schools in Birmingham said it had found evidence of an organised campaign to target certain schools by Islamists and that head teachers had been “marginalised or forced out of their jobs”. Oldknow Academy and Saltley School were placed in special measures after inspectors found systemic failings including the schools having failed to take adequate steps to safeguard pupils against extremism. Another school investigated, Alston Primary, was already in special measures.
A sixth school was labelled inadequate for its poor educational standards and twelve schools were found needing of improvements. Birmingham City Council of a “serious failure” in supporting schools in protecting children from extremism. Council accepted the Ofsted findings that schools in the city were failing pupils. A government report, commissioned by the Ministry of Education, written by Peter Clarke, the former head of the Metropolitan police’s counterterrorism command, found that there is “no evidence to suggest that there is a problem with governance generally” nor any “evidence of terrorism, radicalisation or violent extremism in the schools of concern in Birmingham,” but said that there was “evidence that there are a number of people, associated with each other and in positions of influence in schools and governing bodies, who espouse, sympathise with or fail to challenge extremist views,” and that there had been “co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained” attempts “by a number of associated individuals, to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos” into “a few schools in Birmingham. Operation Trojan Horse were announced. Extremism Taskforce and a ministerial meeting to discuss the affair.