Investigations by The Telegraph, separate to and in parallel with the “Trojan Horse” letter, reveal that there is indeed an organised group of Muslim teachers, education consultants, school governors and activists dedicated to furthering what one of them describes as an “Islamising agenda” in Birmingham’s schools. And Mr Faraz should know: he is at the heart of it.
They convene, among other places, on WhatsApp, a messaging service, where they have a closed discussion group called “Educational Activists”. In their messages, all of which have been leaked to this newspaper, the activists describe their goals and tactics. As one put it: “Let the schooling babysitters, the Department of Education and [schools inspectorate] Ofsted be factors of [merely] incidental importance in the Prophetic endeavour to raise and educate our young people.”