Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham tried to gag Ofsted per Daily Mail Online

News that you won't find reported on by the BBC.

'An Islamic school that tried to suppress its critical Ofsted report can finally be named after a legal challenge by the Daily Mail.

Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham was criticised for segregating pupils and keeping books in its library that advocated beating wives.

Inspectors said the state-funded school needed to be put in special measures for issues including a breach of equality law.

But, in the first case of its kind, the school challenged Ofsted in the High Court, meaning the report is still being withheld from parents a year on from the inspection.

Judges ordered the name of the school be kept secret over fears of a 'media storm' – but following a challenge by the Daily Mail's parent company, Associated Newspapers Limited, the reporting restriction was lifted last night.

Ofsted's appeal against the school's High Court challenge, listed in the Court Of Appeal today, has serious implications for the watchdog's ability to give parents transparent information.

Sir Terence Etherton, the Master of the Rolls, ordered that the school could be named to preserve the principle of open justice.

He said: 'We have reached the clear decision on this application that we consider anonymity should be raised so that Associated Newspapers Limited will be able to name the school.'

Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, said: 'This is a victory for open justice. The Daily Mail has worked on behalf of the pupils, the parents and the people of Birmingham, to inform them what is happening. I am grateful to the paper for taking this battle up.'

More here but definitely not on the BBC, where anything that shows British Muslims in a bad light must be hidden from the public.

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