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Extremism unchecked in schools, secret briefing reveals
by Duncan Gardham and Tom Whitehead
More than 100 independent faith schools may be radicalising students, the Department of Education has warned in a secret memo which admits that officials are struggling to tackle extremism in state and private schools.
Michael Gove, the education secretary, was one of the key voices calling for a ban on support for non-violent extremism when it published its Prevent strategy to fight radicalisation last year.
But behind closed doors there are concerns about 118 "socially conservative" independent faith schools - the vast majority of them Muslim - where pupils may be encouraged to cut themselves off from mainstream society.
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