The government has given up its two-year-long attempt to ban teachers caught up in the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham, after those in the remaining cases were told disciplinary action against them has been halted.

Fifteen teachers and senior staff were accused of attempting to apply undue religious influence within a small group of schools in Birmingham after an anonymous letter made lurid accusations of an Islamist conspiracy to take over state schools.

But now letters from the National Council of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) – an arm of the Department for Education – to lawyers for the remaining teachers involved have been told that proceedings have been discontinued.

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