The chief inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, has claimed the discovery of anti-LGBTQ literature in a number of British schools.
In a letter to the UK Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, she revealed her “shock” at the uncovering of a number of extremist texts that have been used to teach the youth of today.
“My inspectors have been shocked by what they have found in these schools […] in some schools we see extremely worrying material,” Spielman wrote.
“We have, for instance, found books that say it is acceptable for men to use physical violence against their wives, texts that say it is unacceptable for women to refuse sex to their husbands and literature calling for the death of gay people.
“These texts have no place in young people’s education.”
Spielman added: “This material has been found in poorly performing registered independent schools and even in a maintained community school, but also in unregistered schools, where our powers to tackle it are far more limited.”
It is illegal to operate an unregistered school in the United Kingdom.
However, Spielman explained that Ofsted’s “current lack of powers to seize evidence means that we are tackling this problem with one hand tied behind our back.”
The chief inspector also highlighted her concern at the amount of children currently disappearing from the formal system and “into unregulated, unregistered provision”.
Spielman singled that out as “perhaps [her] greatest concern as chief inspector”.