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The discovery of Operation Trojan has sparked an investigation by the city council and the Department for Education

Birmingham council investigates 'Muslim fundamentalist plot to take over local schools'

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Free schools are championed by Michael Gove

Free school ‘sub-standard’ says operator

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National Careers Week aims to get students to ask questions about their careers

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