British Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants snap inspections at schools in response to "deeply concerning" allegations of a plot by extremist Muslims to take over schools in the English city of Birmingham.
In March an anonymous, unverified letter was made public, detailing a scheme to force state schools to adopt a more Islamic culture by installing school governors and teaching staff who would support a conservative Islamic religious agenda.
Seeking to reassert his control of the issue and his party, Cameron censured both ministers over the weekend and on Monday released a pre-emptive statement ahead of the publication of an investigation by Ofsted schools inspectors into the alleged plot, known as Operation Trojan Horse.
"Protecting our children is one of the first duties of government and that is why the issue of alleged Islamist extremism in Birmingham schools demands a robust response," Cameron said in a statement issued by his office.
The Prime Minister said he wanted to deny schools the opportunity to cover up "activities that have no place in our society", amid suggestions that schools had hastily arranged lessons to include Christianity teaching after being given notice of an inspection.