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Robert Halfon (pictured), head of the Commons education committee, said he is concerned about unregistered schools

Robert Halfon (pictured), head of the Commons education committee, said he is concerned about unregistered schools

Robert Halfon (pictured), head of the Commons education committee, said he is concerned about unregistered schools

Children are being indoctrinated by religious extremists and exposed to danger in underground schools that exploit home education laws to teach hate-filled ideas.

Books taken from illegal schools say that homosexuality is an ‘abomination’, punishing your wife is ‘lawful’, and blames rapes on the way women dress.

Education regulator Ofsted, said it has identified more than 350 illegal schools, and since 2014 has issued safeguarding alerts – concerns of abuse or neglect – regarding 50 of them.

However, despite the findings, the Department for Education has been unable to carry out prosecutions and Ofsted has spoken of its frustration over its limited powers.

Yet while these schools can be inspected by Ofsted, at least 80 smaller ‘teaching groups’ that have been set up are outside its control, reported The Times.

Robert Halfon, head of the Commons education committee, said there should be no ‘grey areas’ and is worried about the lack of regulation concerning unregistered schools.

The former education minister said: ‘There shouldn’t be room for grey areas. Even if they have less than five pupils and are open less than 18 hours they should be inspected and registered.’

Five extremists books relating to Islam, such as Dos and Do Nots of Islam and The Islam Way of Life were obtained by the Times. The author of one of those books was the extremist Muslim preacher, who has been banned from Britain, Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips.

Five extremists books relating to Islam, such as Dos and Do Nots of Islam and The Islam Way of Life were obtained by the Times. The author of one of those books was the extremist Muslim preacher, who has been banned from Britain, Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips (pictured)

Five extremists books relating to Islam, such as Dos and Do Nots of Islam and The Islam Way of Life were obtained by the Times. The author of one of those books was the extremist Muslim preacher, who has been banned from Britain, Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips (pictured)

Five extremists books relating to Islam, such as Dos and Do Nots of Islam and The Islam Way of Life were obtained by the Times. The author of one of those books was the extremist Muslim preacher, who has been banned from Britain, Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips (pictured)

And in another case, an Islamic school in Birmingham was allowing children to read a book which claimed all gay people should be murdered.

Concerns were also expressed over Christian and Jewish illegal schools.

Last week a staff member at a Jewish school was filmed striking a pupil over the head in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.

The BBC team filmed in a suspected unregistered ultra-orthodox Jewish school in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, where they caught on camera a teacher appearing to hit a pupil’s head.

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, told the BBC investigation the footage showed ‘huge safeguarding issues’. The synagogue, on whose grounds the school is based, said it was not aware of any incidents, but asked for more information. 

The government has previously proposed to tighten regulation regarding homeschooling but this was shelved after the Church of England opposed plans.

Now, Labour peer, Lord Soley is trying to introduce a private members’ bill to give local authority more powers.

The Department for Education said it and Ofsted agreed on cases to send to the Crown Prosecution Service: ‘If the director of public prosecutions takes a decision to charge, the case comes to the secretary of state for his consent. So far no cases have reached that stage.’



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