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Countering Extremism in British Schools?The Truth about the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair$
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John Holmwood and Therese O'Toole

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447344131

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447344131.001.0001

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Introducing the case

Introducing the case

(p.127) Six Introducing the case
Countering Extremism in British Schools?

John Holmwood

Therese O’Toole

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the Trojan Horse affair. The puzzle in the Trojan Horse affair is to understand how a successful school could become the centre of a moral panic. Events unfolded quickly from the first media report in the Times on 2 March 2014, followed by Ofsted inspections of 21 schools ordered by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove. On the basis of interim Ofsted reports, Peter Clarke was appointed by the Secretary of State in mid-April to provide a wider report. This appointment was controversial insofar as it placed matters directly in a context of violent extremism, since Peter Clarke was formerly in charge of Counter Terrorism Command within the Metropolitan Police in London. At around the same time, Ian Kershaw was appointed by Birmingham City Council to report on implications for the local authority.

Keywords:   Trojan Horse affair, Ofsted inspections, Michael Gove, Ofsted reports, Peter Clarke, violent extremism, Ian Kershaw, local authority

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