Ofsted has begun an inspection of a school at the centre of a row over its decision to ban younger pupils from wearing the hijab.

The watchdog has not said why its staff are at the 'outstanding'-rated St Stephen's Primary School in Newham, east London, today, but Schools Week understands the school had not been due a routine inspection.

St Stephen's made headlines earlier this month after it emerged it had banned the headscarf for pupils aged eight and under in a change to its school uniform policy.

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