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Pupils ordered to chant 'we don't believe in Christmas'

Wed 11 Nov 2015
By Marcus Jones

A tribunal's heard how a teacher ordered pupils in Birmingham to chant 'We don't believe in Christmas' during an assembly.

Asif Khan is facing disciplinary measures for his actions at Oldknow Academy which is part of the Trojan Horse investigations.

If found guilty, he faces a lifetime teaching ban.

The National College of Teaching and Leadership hearing was told how he led the assembly like a rally telling pupils to repeat phrases such as 'Do we send Christmas cards? No' and 'Do we celebrate Christmas? No!'

It's claimed his actions were part of a much wider problem at the school. The tribunal was told how an agreement was made to bring about a stronger religious influence on the school.

A NCTL lawyer said: "The distinction between a faith school and a state school was being blurred if not obliterated."

The Trojan Horse investigations looked into concerns hard line Muslim groups were 'taking over' state schools.

In total twelve teachers from five schools are facing disciplinary action.

The hearing continues.

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