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Ofsted stance on hijab risks heightening threat of physical attacks on Muslims in schools, teaching union says

'Our worry is that we will find schools saying ‘we will ban the hijab’ and that will be very damaging to community relations'

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Ofsted has overstepped their remit when making comments about the hijab, union says PA

There could be a rise in physical attacks on Muslim women and girls, as a result of the Ofsted chief inspector’s comments about pupils wearing the hijab in primary school, the largest teaching union has suggested.

A leader of the National Education Union also warned that schools could increasingly decide to ban pupils wearing the hijab following the “very political” statements from the schools watchdog.

Amanda Spielman, chief inspector of Ofsted, said last year that inspectors would speak to young girls wearing hijabs in schools to “ascertain why they do so”.

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The Independent

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