Religious schools which separate boys and girls into different classes may split in-two in order to avoid punishment from Ofsted, it has emerged.

Headteachers have requested urgent clarification from the Government on whether their current practices will fall foul of the regulator after an Islamic school was judged to be breaching equality laws earlier this month.

The Sunday Telegraph has obtained a letter sent by one headmaster to parents at a north London Jewish school, informing them they may be forced to split into single sex schools amid a crackdown on gender discrimination.

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