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The Guardian reports, ‘Parents of children as young as nine have reacted angrily after schools in an east London borough asked pupils to complete surveys designed to provide clues to possible radicalisation. Waltham Forest council has been piloting the scheme in five primary schools with large Muslim intakes. The questionnaire, circulated among year 6 pupils, asks how much they trust the police and people from another race or religion.’ click here.

Initially the School authorities claimed parental approval for the questionnaire:

All stakeholders, including parents, have been made aware of this project and were invited to an information session on 25th April 2015. To date we have not received any complaints from parents either at the session or subsequently. The school takes very seriously its responsibility to develop pupils’ understanding of the world in which we live and our duty to create a community that is respectful of all religions , faiths and beliefs. As parents you will be well aware of our inclusive ethos. and be surprised that this project, aimed at developing a cohesive community, has been misunderstood.”

However, after parents have taken a stand, there has been some contrition in a statement issued on 28th May: ‘When we agreed to run the BRIT project on behalf of Waltham Forest Council,  we were not aware that this questionnaire would be included…We apologise for the distress

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