Islamists have founded nearly 50 unregulated schools across the UK which are teaching fundamentalist Islamic curricula contravening British values, a report has claimed.
The unregulated schools are based all over the UK, including in
Muslim areas of Birmingham and London. Although they have managed
to escape the prying eyes of the Department for Education (DfE)
and the schools watchdog Ofsted, they are now being investigated
by local education authorities (LEA), the Telegraph reported.
Many of them were allegedly set up by a teacher who was caught up
in the so-called Trojan Horse scandal, which saw radical Muslims
infiltrating school governing bodies in an attempt to force
changes to the curriculum and get rid of teachers who were
The unregulated schools are set up as private tutorial centers,
which only offer a limited number of hours per week, meaning that
they can slip under the radar of Ofsted and local authorities.
But it remains a criminal offence to run an unregulated school
and local authorities have a responsibility to make sure all
children who are supposedly receiving home schooling in their
area are getting a suitable education.
Muslim children of Pakistani, Bengali and Somali origin are often
at risk of being radicalized in their own homes.
The Telegraph learned that the DfE has launched a number of
investigations into unregulated schools as they are too easy to
One such school is Siddeeeq Academy in the heavily Muslim area of
Tower Hamlets in East London. It was closed down earlier this
year after it was revealed it was being run by Mizanmur Rahman, a
convicted Islamist, who claimed to his students that the Taliban
was unfairly demonized.
Officially the government says all schools in the UK must promote
British values and a Whitehall official told The Sunday Times
that unregulated schools are against “democracy, equality and
“If you are a Salafi Muslim or an Islamist, that means you
don’t believe in British values because they go against your
ideologies and set of beliefs. The problem is anyone can set up
one of these schools and there are no regulations for it and they
can then go on to brainwash children,” the source said.
But many British teachers are skeptical of pushing so-called
fundamental British values too much in the curriculum. Robin
Bevan, head of Southend High School for Boys, said that singling
out British values wasn’t necessary as they would already be part
of a “broad and balanced curriculum.”
The report of investigations into unregulated schools comes after
news emerged earlier this month that up to 100 teachers and
teaching assistants linked to the Trojan Horse scandal could face
life time bans on teaching in UK schools.
The Trojan Horse plot centers around a 72 page document, which
calls for the radical Islamisation of secular state schools
through the back door.
It calls for girls to be covered except for their hands and
faces, for gender segregation in school activities and for the
banning of “potentially harmful forms of music” which
may include “unethical and un-Islamic lyrics”. The
document also describes how Muslim governors must force these
views on reluctant schools.