“We are concerned that the mandate appears to be a bit limited,” he said. “Any investigation should cover the conduct of the school – but it appears to be how these materials were used in the classroom.
“What we don’t want it to be is an exercise in justifying the actions of the school. It would be horrible for the freedom to teach and the freedom of expression. “
A spokesperson for Batley Multi Academy Trust declined to say whether local imams had been appointed to the trust panel, but said an independent lawyer had been appointed to lead the investigation.
“The investigation is ongoing and the investigator will have access to relevant expertise,” they said. “The investigator has no previous connection with the Trust or any of its trustees or employees.
“After collecting evidence, the investigator will make recommendations to the Trust to help inform its next steps, so that, if necessary, lessons appropriate for the school and the Trust can be learned and action taken.”