Updated statement from Batley Multi Academy Trust

The Trust has appointed an independent barrister with significant education experience to undertake and lead the external investigation. The investigation is underway and the investigator will have access to relevant expertise. The investigator has no prior connection with the Trust or any of its Trustees or employees. The investigation will examine how certain materials, which caused offence, came to be used in a Religious Studies lesson at Batley Grammar on 22 March 2021. After gathering evidence, the investigator will make recommendations to the Trust to help inform its next steps, so that, where necessary, appropriate lessons for the school and the Trust can be learned and action taken. The Trust will report to parents and staff, towards the end of May. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the investigation proceeds.

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