Earlier this week, Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, made a shocking announcement about a policy that will see Muslim girls who wear the hijab to primary school questioned by Ofsted inspectors about their motives for wearing it. The reasons will be reflected in the school’s final reports.
Whenever news like this breaks, we often wonder what can be done and find ourselves feeling helpless in situations regarding the Government and institutions. What’s important to remember is we all need to do our bit, and that will weigh heavy as a collective. We, as a community, need to stand together. After speaking to MEND’s Policy & Research team, we’ve made a short list of things you can do to help.
NOTE: Please follow the template as a guide and write your own words, letters to MPs that are copy and pasted are said to be ignored.
“We call on all parents to use the letter as a template to write to Professor Julius Weinberg, Chair of Ofsted, explaining why Ms Spielman’s announcement is discriminatory and calling for her to respect religious tolerance and parental choice. Please do not just cut and paste this letter, rather make similar points in your own words.”
Source: Example of template letter
Write to: Ofsted, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD
Find your MP with theyworkforyou.com and then select the option to ‘Send a message’
National Education Union (NEU)
When explaining these events the following needs to be highlighted:
The lack of consultation also needs to be highlighted; no mainstream Muslim organisation or teaching union was called for consultation in devising the recommendation.
If Ofsted does not reverse its decision, MEND will consider legal action against Ofsted.
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By The Muslim Diaspora