News on school standards

Dec 16, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: The ‘British values’ for schools agenda continues to hit the headlines. There have been some positive developments recently, but we must continue to pray about this issue. As you will know, there has now been a litany of cases of politically correct intrusions into schools. Back in July, before the new rules came into force, we were the first to raise the potential problems, but we were shocked at the harm they have done so quickly. However, the Department for...

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Has the Chief Inspector of Schools really gone rogue?

Dec 16, 2014 by

By Dennis Sewell, Spectator: What’s up with Sir Michael Wilshaw? The chief schools inspector was once seen as a pillar of common sense and an enthusiastic partner of Michael Gove in pragmatic schools reform. Now, he stands accused of trying to enforce a particularly toxic form of political correctness as his inspectors mark down a succession of rural English schools for being insufficiently multicultural — or as some newspapers inevitably framed it, for being ‘too white’. Some critics go...

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Catholic School demands apology from Inspectors over allegations of ‘extremism’

Dec 16, 2014 by

By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: The Catholic Education Service (CES) is demanding an apology from school of inspectors Ofsted after one of its schools was placed on a blacklist of schools which were failing to prepare students for “life in modern Britain”. The school remains on the blacklist despite a recent Ofsted report being amended to remove suggestions that pupils were vulnerable to radicalisation, theTelegraph has reported. St Benedict’s Catholic School in Suffolk was one...

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Enough campus craziness: it’s time for a new sexual revolution

Dec 12, 2014 by

by John Stonestreet, LifeSite: To paraphrase the old professor in C. S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” what do they teach students in college these days? We’re now seeing the consequences of the boozy, out-of control hook-up culture on college campuses. From wild allegations of gang rapes at the University of Virginia to Yale’s infamous “sex week,” to the kangaroo courts that can get students accused of rape booted off campus without due process, it seems like undergrads are...

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Primary school tables: faith schools dominating rankings

Dec 11, 2014 by

By Graeme Paton, Telegraph: Faith schools are increasingly monopolising places at the top of national league tables, figures show, prompting fresh claims that institutions are creaming off bright pupils from middle-class families. School-by-school results published by the Department for Education show two-thirds of primaries achieving “perfect” results this summer have a religious ethos. It was up on the number a year earlier. The figures suggest that faith schools – which make up just a third...

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Nicky Morgan defends role of faith in schools over ‘secular politically correct dogma’

Dec 3, 2014 by

By Lucinda Borkett-Jones, Christian Today: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said her she didn’t want to see a secular, politically correct dogma dictating the place of religion in schools in an interview with Conservative Home today. Morgan, who replaced Michael Gove in July, said she attended a “very bog standard CofE” church but acknowledged that there is still a reluctance to talk about faith in politics. Speaking of her own convictions, she said: “I have a personal...

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