Through the Trojan Hoax affair, the one thing I have realised is that whenever hype is required to push a policy, there will be some sort of “leak” of a “damning” document to the press beforehand. This isn’t a conspiracy theory, this is a reality. From the various leaked reports about Park View Education Trust (PVET) falling into Andrew Gilligan’s hands (see here also), to the “leak” of former counter-terrorism head Peter Clarke’s Trojan Hoax investigation report to the press which concluded there was an “orchestrated plot”, pipping Ian Kershaw’s report a day earlier which concluded the opposite. And now we have another “leak” of Ofsted reports on faith school’s in London.
Whereas snap inspections are flawlessly executed without the knowledge of schools subjected to them (which need to be purged of Muslims and their beliefs if necessary), there seems to be some strange behaviour with those schools which are postively linked to government departments in some way.
Take for instance the Guardian report on Michael Gove’s much lauded “model superhead”, Rachel De Souza. Two of the schools run by her are part of the Inspiration Trust academy chain venerated by the government, and sponsored by the Tory donor and Department for Education non-executive director Theodore Agnew. According to the report De Souza saw an inspection schedule for one of the schools she oversees and was also in a position to converse with Ofsted about the timings of inspections.
Possible collusion between the DfE, Ofsted and De Souza? Cirumstantial evidence would indicate as such.
However, a similar incident has been missed by the media at Park View School. The school, which was the direct focus of the Trojan Hoax fiasco, seems to now be benefiting from inside knowledge at Ofsted.
DfE/Ofsted – Possible Collusion over Park View?
It is being alleged that Ofsted was to make an unannounced visit at Park View school on the 4th of November, however, leading up to the inspection, the school shifted to half days for a whole week in anticipation of the Ofsted visit. The strange behaviour became apparent to a parent who then requested a meeting with Ofsted before they were scheduled to go into the school. It has now transpired that the “unannounced” inspection has not gone ahead. With the teaching time cut in half for a week the children’s education has been affected and compromised for nothing.
This is most disturbing. If true, the question remains, how on earth can such details be leaked to the school? There is a desperate need for PVET to show improvement after the Trojan Hoax oppression. Is this the reason for the alleged leak of information to the school?
It also further questions the independence of an already disreputable regulatory body that is Ofsted and points to a possible collusion between it and contacts in the DfE. We already know Colin Diamond and David McVean for instance have, allegedly, a big hand in driving policies at PVET.
Is there a collusion? An investigation into this “leak” is required to ascertain this question. What is apparent are links which can be made and in Peter Clarke’s world of “orchestrated plots”, a link is all you need.
Interestingly, it is also being alleged that Riverside Church-linked purported nepotistic Jo Tyler, Kamal Hanif (Chair of PVET) and two individuals who are alleged to be involved in the drafting of the fabricated Trojan Horse letter, Matthew Scarrott, the former head of Golden Hillock School and Peter Slough (former head of Small Heath School), have been seen together having a drink during the half-term holidays.
I’ll let the readers draw their own conclusions on this one.