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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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The Clarke and Kershaw Reports

The Clarke and Kershaw Reports

(p.167) Eight The Clarke and Kershaw Reports
Countering Extremism in British Schools?

John Holmwood

Therese O’Toole

Policy Press

This chapter addresses the Clarke and Kershaw reports. In each report, much stands or falls on the idea that an ‘Islamic ethos’ is, in itself, problematic. This is a misunderstanding, one that is allowed to arise because neither report systematically addresses the issue of the nature of the religious requirements on schools. Indeed, notwithstanding that educational advisers from the DfE were part of the Clarke Report, it repeatedly refers to schools without a faith designation as ‘secular’. There is a further assumption in each report, too, that an ‘Islamic ethos’ would be ‘intolerant’, with the Clarke Report describing the Muslim Council of Britain's guidance on meeting the needs of Muslim pupils in state schools as a document about ‘Islamification’, although it is, in fact, a document designed to facilitate integration.

Keywords:   Clarke Report, Kershaw Report, Islamic ethos, religious requirements, education advisers, Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim pupils, Islamification

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