By Oliver Lane
Britain's Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has downgraded
more schools, many of them in rural predominantly white areas, saying
students were “not prepared well for life in modern-day Britain”.
One of those which had its rating reduced by the government, the Charles Dickens School in Kent where the Daily Telegraph reports
“almost all [the] pupils are white” had its reputation trashed because
it failed to teach students “how differences in, for example, sexual
orientation or ethnic heritages are valued and respected, and so
students are not prepared well for life in modern-day Britain”.
According to the report, the school therefore “is not a community in
which people’s differences are sufficiently valued and respected”, and
failed the 'British Values' test.
The latest wave of 'zero-notice' inspections hit 35 schools across
the country, resulting in 23 dropping a grading level after the visit.
Of those, inspectors found “concerns about the curriculum” in 17
schools, and of those 11 were “not preparing pupils for life in Britain
Of the eleven schools identified by Ofsted of failing in British
values, one was Church of England, one Catholic, one Jewish, and eight
County schools controlled by their respective Local Education
The 'British Values' test now being applied to schools was conceived
in response to the 'Trojan Horse' scandal, in which a number of schools
in the UK were found to have been infiltrated by radical Islamist
elements. A report at the time found a “determined effort” in 25 Birmingham schools to push out moderate teachers.
The language of the criticism levelled at the Church of England
schools, or what would otherwise be perfectly ordinary local community
schools appears to be near identical to the words the government had for
the infiltrated Islamic schools. In July the then new education
secretary Nicky Morgan told the house of commons: “Teachers have said
they fear children are learning to be intolerant of difference and
"Instead of enjoying a broadening and enriching experience in school,
young people are having their horizons narrowed and are being denied
the opportunity to flourish in a modern multicultural Britain”.
The Christian Institute, a group who campaign for the preservation of
the Christian faith in public life and discourse and have launched the
twitter hashtag #whoseBritishvalues, after the Government began to
punish traditional local schools who instil insufficient “political
Simon Calvert, the Deputy Director of the Christian Institute, told Breitbart London: “We are asking the question, what version of Britain is to be enforced through these laws?
“Is it the one most of us live in, where there is a diversity of
opinion, or is it that of an Islington elite, a world where politicians
look down on people who don't share their liberal world-view?”
“The irony is the trojan horse scandal has become a trojan horse itself”.
Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has denied accusations
that his organisation is being used as an instrument to force political
correctness on children, insisting schools must be “realistic about the
diverse society we now live in”.