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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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Lessons from the Trojan Horse affair

Lessons from the Trojan Horse affair

Conclusion Lessons from the Trojan Horse affair
Countering Extremism in British Schools?

John Holmwood

Therese O’Toole

Policy Press

This concluding chapter explores alternative lessons that can be drawn up from the Trojan Horse affair, presenting two tragedies that are bound up together in the affair. One tragedy is the disruption of the lives of teachers and governors in Birmingham, who made such a difference to the prospects of the pupils under their care, and were unjustly accused of placing them at risk. The educational opportunities of pupils at the school were very significantly damaged because of the way in which the DfE intervened. The second tragedy is that it has made it more difficult to realise the rights to educational opportunities more generally of young people from Muslim backgrounds — opportunities and rights that are theirs as British citizens and which are regarded as key to long term community cohesion. That is the failure of ‘British values’ that the Birmingham Trojan Horse case exposes.

Keywords:   Trojan Horse affair, Birmingham, teachers, educational opportunities, DfE, Muslim young people, British citizens, community cohesion, British values

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