Schools face being closed down by the government if they fail to promote British values such as ensuring children know the difference between right and wrong, under plans to prevent extremism in the classroom.

A major overhaul of Ofsted inspections will see 20,000 schools in England required to step in to challenge parents, teachers or pupils who express support for radical Islamic practices and other beliefs contrary to the fundamental tenets of British society.

If inspectors find schools are failing to meet the new requirement, headteachers and governors could be sacked or in the worst cases the school could be closed.

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