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Independent Muslim schools in London to face new 'Trojan Horse' inquiry amid claims extremists are promoting hardline views in classroom

From the Mail on Sunday and the East London Advertiser

Independent Muslim schools in London are being investigated amid fears that hardline Islamic extremism is being promoted among pupils and staff, 

As many as a dozen private schools in Tower Hamlets, east London, are being looked into by officials over reports that fundamentalism is being spread, MailOnline can reveal.

A Whitehall source said while investigations are in 'their very early stages', there is concern within the Department of Education over a number of fee-paying Muslim schools in the borough which has one of the strongest Muslim communities in the capital. 

Unlike the 'Trojan Horse' scandal which saw secular schools in Birmingham being infiltrated by extremists, the affected institutions in Tower Hamlets are all thought to be Muslim.

Tower Hamlets council has strongly denied (the) claims …It said there is “no evidence” that the next “Trojan Horse” scandal is to be uncovered in the borough, despite one of its schools being subject to a recent unannounced inspection by Ofsted.

A statement from Tower Hamlets said: “Tower Hamlets council has some of the best urban schools in the world due in part to an unrivalled partnership between headteachers, parents, governors, local politicians and the local education authority over a 20-year period. For instance, 17 out of 18 secondary schools are rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding. The model we have adopted is based on early intervention and where problems have arisen in terms of performance or standards we have acted swiftly to address any concerns.”

Regarding the “Trojan Horse” allegations, it said: “We have no evidence of such practices in our maintained schools.” It said Marner Primary School, which was subjected to a “snap check” by Ofsted, was expected to be given the all-clear.