Education secretary Nicky Morgan has sought to reassure Muslim parents by saying that the Trojan horse affair in Birmingham was an exception, and that it was important for Muslims to sign up as school governors because they "had a huge amount to contribute".

"We are not aware of anything else like Birmingham, in terms of the scale, across the country," Morgan said of the investigations into a series of schools with large numbers of Muslim pupils, in an interview with Muslim News.

But Morgan defended the teaching of British values, introduced in the wake of Trojan horse, saying: "There are a majority of nurseries, a majority of schools, a majority of parents who absolutely want young minds to be opened and not to be closed and that's what we are seeking to support in the promotion of fundamental British values, which I think are shared by people up and down the country regardless of their religion, faith or ethnic background."

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