Head of Ofsted accused of ISLAMOPHOBIA by teaching union

Amanda Spielman, has been criticised over claims teachers believe are Islamophobic

Amanda Spielman, has been criticised over claims teachers believe are Islamophobic

The head of Ofsted has been accused of Islamophobia by teachers over remarks she made about young girls wearing the hijab in the classroom.

Amanda Spielman was criticised by the teaching union for suggesting school inspectors will ask girls why they are wearing the head covering.

Members of the National Union of Teachers section of the National Education Union accused the schools' watchdog of taking an 'unwarranted and typically draconian stance' on the issue.

Delegates at the union's conference in Brighton said it was 'wholly inappropriate' for inspectors to question primary-age pupils on their choice of dress.

The union has passed a resolution that says Ms Spielman's statements - which also include calling for schools to promote 'muscular liberalism' - go beyond Ofsted's remit.

Kauser Jan, a delegate from Leeds, accused the Ofsted chief inspector of wading in with an approach 'saying that we must rid our schools of these weapons of mass destruction - the hijab'.

'Wading in and telling our girls, saying that 'no, you're going to be questioned about why you are wearing that? who has actually oppressed you?' she said.

'Well let me tell you Amanda Spielman, we're not going to take it. I am so proud to be in a union that is challenging this, I am so proud that we stand shoulder to shoulder.

'Whatever your ideas about the hijab, I'm so proud of our general secretary who has stood shoulder to shoulder and head to head with Amanda Spielman telling her our union is not going to accept her Islamaphobic policies.

'We have taken regressive steps, where our children are now being told, or made to feel, they must leave their cultural, and linguistic and religious identity at the door.

'I know Muslim girls and men who have shaved off their beards, taken off their hijabs so they can Anglicise themselves to fit in, so they are not viewed as part of the problem.'

Delegates at the union's conference in Brighton said it was 'wholly inappropriate' for inspectors to question primary-age pupils on their choice of dress (file photo)

Delegates at the union's conference in Brighton said it was 'wholly inappropriate' for inspectors to question primary-age pupils on their choice of dress (file photo)

Mehreen Begg, from Croydon, a British Muslim, said the resolution 'provides strong opposition to Ofsted's unwarranted and typically draconian stance on the wearing of hijabs in primary schools'.

She said: 'It is wholly inappropriate for Ofsted inspectors to question primary-age Muslim girls on their choice of dress.

'This is an act of intimidation by a powerful adult on a young child and has no place in our education

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