April 16, 2014
Birmingham City Council said it had received more than 200 reports in relation to its inquiry.
It has appointed former head teacher Ian Kershaw as its chief advisor.
Anonymous claims hard-line Muslims were trying to take over the running of some city schools were made in a letter sent to local authorities last year.
The 25 schools now being looked at include primaries, secondaries and academies.
The 200-plus reports to the council include emails and calls from staff, parents and governors.
The leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, said: “No, I don’t believe there is a plot, but there are issues we need to look at and look at very carefully – issues perhaps around how a governing body behaves, perhaps what is said and done around the school.”
He said he was concerned the situation could endanger community relations but called on parents and others to be patient while the investigation was concluded.
Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, said an “urgent resolution” was needed, with parents looking for places for the new term.
The council’s investigation, running in parallel to a separate inquiry by the Department for Education (DfE), is due to initially report back in May.
The question here is, if Muslims are able to do this – and I’m pretty sure they are, or soon will be – then why would they not do it? Why would we expect that they wouldn’t do it? Because they respect our society? Is there even a single piece of evidence indicating that this is the case?
Who’s kidding who here?