Review of Park View Educational Trust

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Education Funding Agency
Publisher
Education Funding Agency
Date of publication
9 June 2014
Subject(s)
Education and Skills, Minority Groups
Corporate subject(s)
Park View Educational Trust
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This report sets out the conclusions of the work completed by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Department for Education. A team led by the EFA visited the three academies in Park View Educational Trust (‘the Trust’) on 21, 24 and 25 March 2014. There are many weaknesses across the Trust and some areas where there are breaches of the funding agreement. The Trust has also not abided by the terms of the Academies Financial Handbook and Independent School Standards.

Inspectors witnessed an inconsistent application of safeguarding policies and safe recruitment across the Trust. The curriculum provided by Nansen Primary School is not broad and balanced and the Trust has not taken into account the guidance issued by the Secretary of State in relation to sex and relationship education. Some elements of the curriculum, including the social, moral, spiritual and cultural provision at Park View School, Golden Hillock School and Nansen Primary School are restricted to a conservative Islamic perspective.

There is insufficient evidence that Park View School is welcoming to all faiths and none. It is not faith designated, but has an apparent Islamic focus and collective acts of worship are delivered at Park View School and Golden Hillock School that are not in keeping with the requirements of the funding agreement. There are also examples of non-compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and the Independent School Standards, for example the practice of segregating girls and boys in some classes in a manner which could constitute less favourable treatment of girls. There is evidence of an inappropriate external speaker being invited into Park View School to speak to children.

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