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Probe into 'Islamic plot' to take over schools expanded following fresh claims from headteachers

 Education chiefs probing an alleged plot by Muslim extremists to take over Birmingham schools have been 'inundated' with fresh reports from headteachers.

It is understood Birmingham City Council is set to draft in extra staff to examine claims hard-line Islamists schemed to remove non-Muslim staff from schools and 'indoctrinate' pupils.

The so-called 'Trojan Horse' plot is also being investigated by Ofsted and the Department for Education. At least 12 schools are currently thought to be under review.

A letter from Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore to headteachers has detailed how the probe will be expanded following a flood of new allegations.

The letter states: "Over recent weeks, as a result of these matters, we have had a significant number of teachers, governors and parents write to us with past and present concerns about governance and leadership in schools and we are taking all of these very seriously.

"We will shortly announce details of some additional staffing to review all this material."

The suspected plot was first uncovered last month when a letter claiming responsibility for leadership changes at four schools - including Park View Academy in the Alum Rock area of the city - was leaked to the Birmingham Mail.

The document outlined a campaign to use 'dirty tricks' such as false allegations to sideline non-Muslim headteachers and replace them with staff with hard-line beliefs.

Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood has claimed Salafis - hard-line Muslims - may be ‘‘trying to import their views into classrooms and the day to day running of schools.

“But the majority of kids are Sunni mainstream Muslims,’’ he added. “It is an attempt at indoctrination.

“These are state schools, not Islamic. I am very concerned at the way non-Muslim staff have been dealt with and the effect on the children."

Source: Shafaqna