Schools: Radicalism

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Statement by Lord Nash on 22 July (HL Deb, cols 1059–63) on the report into allegations concerning Birmingham schools, whether they will report to Parliament on whether other parts of the country are similarly vulnerable to the threats that have been exposed in Birmingham, and if so, when they expect to do so.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Keeping our children safe, and ensuring our schools prepare them for life in modern Britain, could not be more important. There is no place for extremist views in any school.

The Secretary of State will take action whenever information emerges that children are being exposed to indoctrination or extremist views that are contrary to fundamental British values. The Department for Education will continue to support local authorities and schools when serious concerns emerge, wherever those schools are.

As the Secretary of State said in her statement to the House of Commons on 22 July, she will reflect on the questions raised and the specific recommendations made in Peter Clarke’s report, and return to the House in the autumn to set out what steps will be taken on these matters.

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