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Tristram Hunt has told teachers today schools should not be undermined by religious extremism.
In a speech to the NASUWT teachers' union, the Shadow Education Secretary welcomed Birmingham council's investigation into allegations of a plot to overthrow teachers and governors in secular state schools and run them on strict Islamic principles.
"We cannot have narrow, religious motives which seek to divide and isolate dictating state schooling," he said.
Mr Hunt said the situation in Birmingham was proof that the Government's education policy on academies and free schools was not working and repeated calls for the end of the use of unqualified teachers.
In other news, a Department for Education report seen by the Daily Telegraph said schools in Birmingham were illegally segregating pupils and restricting the GCSE syllabus to “comply with conservative Islamic teaching”.
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