Government should set policies on hijabs in schools, Ofsted chief suggests

The Government must step in to set policies on hijabs in schools, the head of Ofsted has suggested.

Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, said it is “worrying” that headteachers can be “bullied” by campaigners into changing their uniform policies.

Her comments come after she threw her weight behind the head of an east London primary school who attempted to ban pupils under the age of eight from wearing hijabs.

Neena Lall was later forced into reversing the ban at St Stephen’s School in Newnham after an angry backlash from activists who accused her of Islamophobia.