Union at war with Ofsted over hijabs
TEACHERS are set to declare war on Ofsted over its support for hijab bans, saying they could encourage assaults on Muslim girls.
One of the largest teaching unions wants to tell schools not to force bans on the Islamic headgear, and encourage teachers to ‘challenge’ any such action in their classrooms.
It will mean heads find it tougher to crack down on the hijab if they face resistance from staff. It comes after Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman said she supported heads who wanted to ban the hijab for very young children. She called on school leaders to use ‘muscular liberalism’ to defend decisions, rather than fear causing offence.
The National Union of Teachers section of the National Education Union, which has more than 300,000 members, is likely to pass a motion this weekend at its annual conference in Brighton. It claims that Mrs Spielman’s statements ‘could have a negative impact on local communities and lead to further marginalisation of, and increased physical and verbal attacks on, Muslim women and girls’.