Gender segregation: Judges at the Court of Appeal have rejected the Association of Muslim Schools' attempt to take a case over gender segregation at Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham to the Supreme Court. For religious reasons the voluntary-aided school, which has pupils aged between four and 16, believes that separation of the sexes from year five onwards is obligatory.
Trojan Horse: The Islamist group MEND organised an event in Birmingham, supported by the NUT, to promote the Islamist driven 'Trojan Hoax' myth. Theresa May's former chief of staff, Nick Timothy, said the group's claims were "false propaganda" and a "grotesque distortion of the truth" which risked inflaming community tensions. Birmingham City Council issued a statement to make clear that Trojan Horse did happen that it would challenge those who deny it.
Failed inspection: The Olive Secondary School, an Islamic faith school in the Barkerend area of Bradford which segregates children by gender, was judged inadequate by Ofsted. The report says: "Pupils are not prepared fully for life in British society. They do not have regular opportunities to apply and test out their knowledge and understanding of respect and tolerance of different genders."
Creationism in schools: Barnet Council has insisted Beis Yaakov Primary is complying with requirements of national curriculum, despite the school's visitors' guide stating creationism is taught as fact, evolution is not discussed and pupils are taught that "the age of the universe is accepted as 5778 years old". A spokesman for the school said the NSS had referred "to an outdated visitors' guide written 20 years ago, before the school came into the state sector" – despite the fact that the guide we saw was updated in October 2017!
Inappropriate RE: Parents have spoken out after teenage girls at Tonbridge Grammar School were told it was wrong to have an abortion. The "one-sided" view on termination is said to have been given to 15-year-olds during a RE lesson delivered by CrossTeach, a Christian group which provides 'religious education' in schools across West Kent.
Home schooling: Ministers have been warned to crack down on home schooling because extremist groups are encouraging parents to pull children out of mainstream education. Matthew Coffey, Ofsted's chief operating officer, said new regulation was needed to prevent extremist groups taking advantage of home schooling.