Author Archives: Husain Akhtar

Politics of ‘Islamophobia’!

Recent socio-political developments, including the London mayor election (the opposition campaign attacked Sadiq Khan for who he is) and the right-wing campaign at the EU Referendum, have created a culture more open to anti-Muslim manifestations. In 2017/18 52% of recorded … Continue reading

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Demand for government support for teaching same-sex relationships

Amazing how easy it is to confuse a sensitive issue like relationship education despite the fact that “The DfE said the schools can teach LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) content but do not have to”! Very interesting that the … Continue reading

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Ofsted inspection framework 2019 could be more reassuring!

Links:   Prevent duty – Hijab – Trojan Horse – relationships education

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Relationships (and sex) education and health education

A widely circulated post card is prompting to write to the education secretary asking him to give parents the legal right to withdraw their children from Relationships Education. From September 2020  schools are required to teach relationships education at primary … Continue reading

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‘Collude and get recognised’ – easy way up!

Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector leading Ofsted, has yet again commented that the Muslim girls should not be forced to wear headscarves in schools just because they are facing pressures from their families. It follows a recommendation by the … Continue reading

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Islamophobia definition!

It is deeply concerning that ‘Islamophobia’ has been used for point scoring or socio-political gains by some politicians, Muslim welfare/community organisations and individuals who have no track record of working with the grassroots communities or have analytical understanding of what … Continue reading

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‘Letter-box’ factor in a tolerant Britain!

In the last few days there have been many and variety of responses to Boris Johnson describing Muslim women in Niqab/burkas as looking like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”, but a short and simply analysis by David Lammy MP makes … Continue reading

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Windrush – what is new?

People are not blind to colour in a colour conscious society! Black presence in Britain goes as far back as Roman Times and yet they are missing from British history, and whenever they have surfaced in our public consciousness, it … Continue reading

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Amanda Spielman risks splitting communities

Very sad that Amanda Spielman is bringing her respectable HMCI office in disrepute by playing ‘hijab’ politics and backing headteachers who may wish to ban the hijab. Ahead of his union’s conference in Brighton, National Education Union leader Kevin Courtney … Continue reading

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Amanda Spielman scaremongering again!

Soon after the uproar about the strategic appointment of a Home Secretary favoured Muslim name person to lead Theresa May’s Commission for Countering Extremism, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector and Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman is grabbing headlines again. The Hijab conscious … Continue reading

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