The key players behind the "Trojan Horse" plot in Birmingham schools will "still be here next year", one of them has said, after the schools spent more than £100,000 of public money fighting their removal.

Staff at Oldknow Academy told The Sunday Telegraph that Jahangir Akbar, the acting head, told them the Government "is just blowing smoke" over the affair and "after a few months we'll be OK, we can carry on as normal".

Oldknow has agreed to pay thousands of pounds of public money to at least one leading figure in a supposedly independent campaign, Hands Off Birmingham Schools. The campaign is fighting the removal of heads and governors damned last month by Ofsted for imposing a "narrow, faith-based ideology" and a "culture of fear" in Birmingham schools. Six schools were placed in "special measures".

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