Ofsted's chief inspector says "a culture of fear and intimidation" has rapidly developed within a group of schools in Birmingham which are under investigation over allegations of a city-wide takeover plot by Islamist extremists.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said Ofsted inspectors found that school governors had "recently exerted inappropriate influence on policy and the day-to-day running" of several schools in Birmingham, and castigated the city council for not providing adequate support to staff who tried to resist.

"Although the test and examination results in many of the schools were good or improving, the curriculum has become too narrow and pupils are not being prepared well enough for life in modern Britain," Wilshaw said.

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