Union at war with Of­sted over hi­jabs

Daily Mail - - Confidential -

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’.

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