AMS Response to Article in Daily Mail accusing two Muslim schools of breaching Equality Act 2010

Nov 5, 2018 by

The Association of Muslim Schools is concerned at the lack of journalistic integrity reflected in Sami Quadri’s article in the Daily Mail about two Muslim schools in Birmingham.

Mr Quadri asserts that The Wisdom Academy and Avecinna Academy have been reported to Ofsted for “practicing sex discrimination”. The Association is supporting these two schools in their discussions with the Department for Education.

The challenges follow the Court of Appeal’s decision in 2017 which indicated that segregation in a mixed sex school can amount to sex discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010.

The article completely fails to mention that schools had until September 2018 to make the necessary changes consequent upon the Court of Appeal’s findings and that these schools were taking active steps to comply with DfE guidance.

At the time of Avecinna Academy and The Wisdom Academy’s inspections in January and May 2018 respectively, both schools were in the process of making the required changes to meet the Equality Act and were both awarded a rating of Good by Ofsted. Both schools made the required changes before the September 2018 deadline and as of November 2018, neither The Wisdom Academy nor Avecinna Academy are, or have been, in breach of the Equality Act 2010.

A simple fact-check would have clarified these facts immediately and the Association is disappointed Mr Quadri did not find the time or feel it was important enough to do this. The Association was not asked to comment prior to publication and if it had it would have been more than happy to assist Mr Quadri to ensure his article was accurate and balanced.

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