Trojan Horse Review Group update

By on 08/05/2014 in News

New members have been added to Birmingham City Council's Review Group on the so-called 'Trojan Horse' allegations relating to some schools in the city.

The revised membership of the group is outlined below with the new members in bold.

The remit of the Review Group is as follows:

To review the findings of the Chief Advisor - and any other reports that may be made available by DfE, Ofsted or others - with a view to publishing a report (in July 2014) that, insofar as is possible, explains the authenticity or otherwise of the Trojan Horse allegations and makes recommendations to the city council and any other relevant bodies to ensure effective future governance and safeguarding arrangements in all schools.

Review Group Membership

The Review Group is chaired by the West Midlands Director for Preventing Violence to Vulnerable People (PVVP) - Stephen Rimmer.

The Review Group membership is as follows:

Birmingham City Council:

Councillor Brigid Jones
Councillor John Cotton
Councillor Ansar Ali Khan
Councillor Habib Rehman
Peter Hay

Birmingham Partners:

Kamal Hanif (Headteacher, Waverley School)
Liam Byrne MP
Andrew Mitchell MP
ACC Gary Forsyth (West Midlands Police)
Bishop David Urquhart (Bishop of Birmingham)
Amra Bone (Birmingham Central Mosque) replacing the late Dr Mohammed Naseem
Christine Mitchell (Primary Headteacher, Clifton Primary School)
Fran Stevens (Birmingham Governor Group)

National Partners:

Rob Kelsall (National Association of Head Teachers – representing all headteachers' professional associations)
Emma Knights (National Governors Association)
Paul Rowsell (Deputy Director Department for Communities and Local Government - participant observer)
Mela Watts (Director, Department For Education - participant observer).

Ofsted was invited and has declined to be part of the Group.

Ian Kershaw will report to the Group on a regular basis.

Deliverables and  communication

The Review Group will have two outputs:

• An initial update (late May / early June)
• A final and public report to the Leader of the Council (July)
Other than these two publications, the Review Group will operate on a strictly confidential basis, to ensure integrity of the process.

Chair of the Review Group, Stephen Rimmer said:

“The Group is absolutely determined to get to the bottom of these allegations being investigated by Ian Kershaw, and to ensure as much alignment as possible with Peter Clarke's review which reports to the Secretary of State for Education. The Group will not provide any “running commentary” on its discussions – individually or collectively - as this would not assist clarity or confidence amongst communities in Birmingham. It will deliver a clear and authoritative public report in July with recommendations aimed at ensuring no Birmingham school child suffers as a result of this damaging period of uncertainty.”


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