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John Holmwood

John Holmwood is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham. From 2012 to 2014, he was President of the British Sociological Association and in 2014/15, he was Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA. He acted as an Expert Witness to the Court in the National College for Teaching and Leadership hearings against teachers arising from the Trojan Horse affair.
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Countering Extremism in British Schools?

The Truth about the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair

In 2014 the ‘Trojan Horse’ affair, an alleged plot to ‘Islamify’ several state schools in Birmingham, caused a previously highly successful school to be vilified. Holmwood and O’Toole challenge the accepted narrative and show how it was used to justify an intrusive counter extremism agenda.