The Daily Mail has today published a story claiming that we have imposed ‘gagging orders’ on ex-teaching staff in relation to Trojan Horse claims.
This is not true.
We would like to take this opportunity to make it absolutely clear that any compromise agreement does not prevent ex-teaching staff from bringing forward any claims or concerns to any of the related inquiries.
The following statement explaining this has twice been issued to the Daily Mail, on 2 May 2014 and yesterday, 10 June 2014 but not used in subsequent articles.
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “The council has always been clear that compromise agreements relate to the terms of departure and do not prevent people from coming forward. We would want those with concerns about professional standards or child safety issues to feel able to speak freely and share their concerns. We cannot comment on the arrangements for staff employed by non-local authority schools, but any compromise agreements involving the city council are not in any way intended to be 'gagging orders'.”