The educational trust at the centre of the "Trojan horse" controversy says the "knee-jerk" actions of politicians has put the future of students in jeopardy, as it confirmed that its three Birmingham schools have been put into special measures by Ofsted.

Park View Educational Trust claimed Ofsted inspectors had gone into schools looking for extremism and religious segregation.

David Hughes, vice-chairman of the trust, launched a passionate defence of the school's record, saying it was helping children from one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the UK to aspire to a decent future. He claimed the investigations were undermining community cohesion and said the trust would be legally challenging the Ofsted findings.

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