Labour is planning dramatic reforms to the schools system to ensure they cannot be taken over by extremists following the Trojan Horse controversy in Birmingham.

Councils would appoint an 'Independent Director of School Standards' to monitor schools and respond to concerns from parents and the wider community.

David Blunkett, the former Education Secretary who is now advising Labour leader Ed Miliband and drew up the proposals, said the alleged plot by in Birmingham showed why the reforms were needed. Local authorities once ran schools but the transformation of many schools into independent academies mean it is unclear who is in charge or who is supposed to make sure they are managed properly, according to Labour.

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