|Message ||Ofsted had to abandon an inspection of a private primary school after pupils as young as nine were questioned about their attitudes to homosexuality.Parents were concerned after children told them inspectors had spoken privately to a group of nine and ten-years –old at the Muslim school, asking them: ‘What does the word gay mean?’ and ‘Is it used in a bad way at school?’ It is claimed the children were also asked about terrorism and whether it was discussed. Ofsted was forced to cut short it visit to Olive Tree Primary School in Luton after parents threatened to withdraw their children. Ghulam Shah, 40. said his ten-years-old son came home complaining about being asked scary and weird questions. He said the inspector told his son not to be offended, adding: ‘It’s just a part of the law we have to ask you. Ofsted apologised for upsetting parents, but a spokesman said: ‘As part of any school inspection, inspectors will ask pupils about the effectiveness of the school’s actions to prevent and tackle discriminatory and derogatory language – including homophobic language’. This is outrageous...trying to open a conversation about homosexuality or indeed any kind of sexuality with a nine year old... without parental consent... and without the parents being present...heads, must roll... that inspector must be sacked... Aren’t Ofsted aware that the attitude towards same sex relationships is not exactly wonderful in Catholic and Church of England schools? Some gay and lesbian teachers have found it so difficult working in Christian faith schools that they have either left or had breakdowns. If the Ofsted inspectors had put the same question to the parents, I wonder how they might have responded?
The problem is the Islamification of schools through the sheer weight of numbers of Muslims in them. Attitudes to gay and terrorism may be some kind of litmus test for such Islamification but Ofsted seem to have approached this in a clumsy and insensitive way. The elephant in the room is that if you have a school full of Muslims then it is always going to be an Islamic school. It is too late to avoid that now. Islam outlaws homosexuality. It’s perfectly reasonable to ensure children forced into a religion and a religious school by their parents are educated and accepting and generally set up to become good citizens.
There is no need to hide behind convoluted words: the counter-extremism agenda has become a counter-Islam and Muslims agenda. From the blatantly anti-Muslim behaviour of the Ofsted inspectors as highlighted in earlier blogs, to the bandying of labels of extremism upon Muslim speakers to fulfil a neocons political objective. The Clay stone report on charities highlighted some key issues which highlighted the problematic nature of the definition of extremism, and the shadowy method which is being used to apply it. The same problems and incoherence is afflicting a biased Ofsted.