Trojan Horse – Chief Advisor appointed

By on 14/04/2014 in News

Birmingham City Council is today launching its next steps - a five-point plan – in response to the Trojan Horse document.

We can announce today the appointment of former head teacher, Ian Kershaw, as Birmingham's Chief Advisor on Trojan Horse. Ian has experience of leading independent inquiries into the conduct and behaviour of individuals within schools and is currently the Managing Director of Northern Education, a company working in partnership with schools, local authorities and other agencies. Ian will be appointed for six months to analyse further all Trojan Horse material to enable us to see the whole picture. He will work closely to support both the Operational and Review Groups.

The existing Trojan Horse Operational Group, which is made up officers from Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, the National Association of Head teachers (NAHT) on behalf of all the other professional organisations, and Ofsted, will continue to meet regularly, as it has since the Trojan Horse document was first received. Its role will continue to be the co-ordination and oversight of the process of investigation and intelligence sharing.

A new Review Group with a wider membership across the education, police, politics and faith sectors will be established this month to oversee the work of the Chief Advisor, Ian Kershaw, and the Operational Group. The Review Group will be chaired by Home Office Director General (currently on secondment to the West Midlands) Stephen Rimmer, and include MPs, representatives from the national bodies for school governors and heads, and Cabinet Members Cllrs Brigid Jones and John Cotton.

The Chief Advisor, Operational and Review Groups on Trojan Horse will report back to the city council's own jointly convened social cohesion and education scrutiny committees in May.

We want to draw the young people of Birmingham into this discussion. To this end the Young People's Parliament is to be commissioned to carry out a piece of work during the summer term to address two particular questions:

What does a good, inclusive education in Birmingham look like?

What does a safe and resilient citizen of the future look like?

By summer, the city council will publish a report setting out its recommendations to be implemented locally and for action nationally by the DfE and others.

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