Response to Peter Clarke appointment

By on 15/04/2014 in Leader, News

Statement from Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council regarding the appointment of Peter Clarke - Education Commissioner.

“Yesterday I announced a comprehensive package of measures to strengthen the continuing commitment of this council to get to the bottom of the Trojan Horse allegations. Since the letter first came to light we have been working closely with the Department for Education in order to understand what might be going on in Birmingham schools - including academies accountable to the DfE - and to reassure parents, staff and governors who are understandably anxious about the impact of the claims being made.

“ Therefore, at first sight, today's announcement of an Independent Commissioner is a missed opportunity to strengthen our co-ordinated approach to addressing these very serious matters. Peter Clarke will need to give careful consideration to building a strong relationship with us and, given his recent counter-terrorism responsibilities in London, ensure that his investigation does not undermine the confidence of our communities.

“However, in the interests of the children and young people of the city, I will ensure that Peter Clarke and his team have every opportunity to add value to the work of our Chief Advisor, Ian Kershaw and the Review Group chaired by Stephen Rimmer.”

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