When it comes to playing the victim, the right-leaning press likes nothing better than to scare readers into thinking that Christianity itself is under attack, and, worse, under attack from those who should be its most fervent supporters - the Government and its agencies. Thus it is that both the Mail and Telegraph have looked at two Free Schools that received seriously bad Ofsted reports and concluded that it was down to Political Correctness.
Yes, "Oiky", more of your legacy
“Shut down, Christian school under attack because pupil did not know what a Muslim was: Inspectors brand it educational failure” thundered the Mail, after Durham Free School was deemed so bad that its funding agreement was terminated. The article left readers in no doubt as to what they should think: “Pupils at a Christian school have been branded bigots after a young boy gave the wrong answer when asked what a Muslim was”.
[UPDATE 1810 hours: to illustrate the attitude of the Free School supporting ideologues, into this debate has stumbled the loathsome Toby Young, who might have thought that his endorsement by Retweet of a Facebook post protesting against the closure of Durham Free School might go unnoticed. It has not.
"An open letter to Nicky Morgan from a pupil at the Durham Free School" can be seen to have received Tobes' blessing, an action that typifies Free School supporters. If Ofsted go into a local authority school and find it wanting, there is not so much as a peep from them. But declare a Free School not up to the job, and there must be some kind of mistake.
Ofsted's report into Durham Free School was detailed and comprehensive, unlike the highly selective press coverage. The school will close, because it was judged "inadequate" across the board, and with little prospect of improvement.
Tobes should consider himself lucky that, on this occasion, it seems those rotten local authority schools will have sufficient places to take the pupils involved. And he would be best advised to read that Ofsted report first, before blaming anyone else]