Pupils at Oldknow Academy, a school implicated in the Trojan horse scandal, were led in anti-Christian chants in assemblies, it has been alleged.
Teacher Asif Khan allegedly led pupils shouting: “We don’t believe in Christmas, do we?” and “Jesus wasn’t born in Bethlehem, was he?”, a tribunal was told
In these assemblies Mr Khan who was a classroom teacher, also allegedly talked about “hellfire” and “prostitutes”….
Former deputy head teacher Jahangir Akbar and Asif Khan both stand accused of unacceptable professional behaviour and/or conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute….
It was told that children were also asked to shout: “Do we send Christmas cards? No!” and “Do we celebrate Christmas? No!”, although Mr Khan denies the claims.
It was said that the assembly was “like a rally” with a “plainly divisive” attitude….
Christopher Gillespie, the lawyer representing the National College for Teaching and Leadership , said: “An agreement was made to introduce an undue amount of religious influence into the education of Oldknow School.
“The distinction between a faith school and a state school was being blurred if not obliterated.”
Ann Connor, an education advisor contracted to work for Department for Education, was asked to visit the school after Peter Clarke’s 2014 report into Birmingham Schools.
She said: “I found the school to be extraordinary. There was an element of fear.”
One female member of staff was allegedly frightened of Mr Khan and of potential repercussions for her in the school.
A teacher told Ann Connor: “I am too frightened and he knows where I live.”
Ms Connor said there were signs written only in Arabic including the name of an office block, doors on toilets and a school lunch menu displayed on a class notice board.
In the hearing it was heard that one parent complained of the “increasing Islamic ethos in the school.”…
Publicly-Funded UK School: Children Told To Chant: "Do we send Christmas cards? No! Do we celebrate Christmas? No!"
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