Ofsted cautions of Muslim school staff sexual orientation isolation

Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw has cautioned of sexual orientation isolation among educators in Muslim autonomous schools.

Examiners had discovered male and female staff and governors were being partitioned in Luton’s Rabia Boys and Girls School, the instruction guard dog’s head said.

A year ago, Sir Michael kept in touch with the instruction secretary with “genuine worries” about staff isolation.

He has now kept in touch with her once more, cautioning it proceeds to “effectively undermine” equity in schools.

In Wednesday’s letter, Sir Michael told Education Secretary Nicky Morgan that reviewers “communicated their worry when, at the underlying meeting with examiners, the school demanded isolating men and ladies using a separating screen over the center of the room”.

“This meeting was not completed in a religious setting but rather in a classroom.”

Sir Michael said assessors, going by the free school recently, “accumulated proof that male and female staff are isolated amid entire school staff instructional courses”.

“Male staff sit in one room and the session is at the same time show to female staff in another part of the school,” he said.

Investigators were so concerned, they told the school’s proprietor “the school would stay in the lacking class in spite of upgrades being made somewhere else”, said Sir Michael.

Such sexual orientation division is against uniformities controls and the necessity for “principal British qualities”, he said.

Sir Michael said this necessity is being “mocked” by some autonomous schools.

“Any type of isolation, without a decent instructive reason, is prone to prompt a lacking examination judgment for administration and administration.”

The tuition based school was set up in 1996 to give an Islamic training to youthful Muslims in Luton.

The report from reviewers said that such partition of male and female staff does not “show uniformity and appreciation”.

Yet, the school, which serves more than 300 students matured five to 16, was complimented for giving a “decent comprehension of being a dependable native in current, popularity based Britain”.

The examination report says that understudies have an opportunity to connect with individuals from different religions and “students showed resilience of other individuals’ lifestyles, notwithstanding when their own religion sees these in an unexpected way”.

A Department for Education representative said “It is totally unsuitable for ladies to be dealt with less positively than men, and the exhortation note we have gotten from Ofsted on Rabia Girls’ and Boys’ School is to a great degree concerning.

“We will consider deliberately the review report on the school to figure out what move to make against any potential ruptures in the autonomous school principles.”