Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute, a pressure group and a charity, has said Ofsted and the Department for Education have given “inadequate attention” to the “bullying of Christian pupils”.
The schools watchdog has been accused of “ignoring” the bullying of Christian students following a in-depth investigation into radicalisation of pupils at a group of schools in Birmingham.
Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute, a pressure group and a charity, has said Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE) have given “inadequate attention” to the “bullying of Christian pupils”.
His remarks follow a recent letter from Sir Michael Wilshaw, the schools’ chief inspector, addressing the issue of schools caught up in the so-called Trojan Horse scandal, which alleged Muslim groups were seeking to gain control of schools in Birmingham.
In a letter addressed to Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, Mr Hart said it was “striking” that official reports by Peter Clarke and Ian Kershaw listed explicit examples of anti-Christian “intolerance” in several schools involved in the scandal but “none of these are noted in the Ofsted reports on those schools”.
Mr Hart wrote: “You will see they include anti-Christian chanting in assemblies, GCSE pupils who opted to learn Christianity being left to teach themselves, and Christians being called ‘ignorant’ or ‘liars’ by teachers.”
He went on to say that it was “disturbing” to witness a “complete lack of any specific plans of action to tackle anti-Christian intolerance”.
The letter also criticises Ofsted’s methods for detecting intolerance and blames the system for being part of the problem.
Mr Hart added: “Ofsted’s system for detecting intolerance is clearly inadequate if it is not picking up on anti-Christian sentiment. In fact, Ofsted may be part of the problem.
“Whilst guidance from your department says there is no obligation on schools to promote gay marriage, there have been Ofsted inspections in several parts of the country where Ofsted inspectors have implied, via questioning of pupils, that they ought to accept gay marriage there have been Ofsted inspections in several parts of the country where Ofsted inspectors have implied, via questioning of pupils, that they ought to accept gay marriage.
“We are aware of several cases of this approach being taken with primary age pupils, some as young as six.”
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