The future of faith schools: a continuing story

Feb 21, 2015 by

By Gill Robins, Patheos: I blogged recently about the future of our faith schools and the likelihood that they will remain as faith schools, but not as we know them. Today comes a new challenge to their existence, this time from the European Commission, after complaints from the British Humanist Association (BHA). The plan has been long in the making – the BHA tried to provoke an investigation last year, which was placed on hold after the Commission ruled that no evidence had been provided of...

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Legal battle looms over Christian school closure in ‘British Values’ row

Feb 16, 2015 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: School accused of failing to teach pupils properly about Islam and sex claims Nicky Morgan is ‘tainted with bias’. Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, is facing an embarrassing pre-election legal battle over plans to close down a Christian school accused of failing to teach pupils properly about Islam and sex. Mrs Morgan announced last month that Durham Free School would be shut after it failed the Government’s new “British Values” tests introduced in the wake of...

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‘Faith schools have wider interests of children at heart’

Feb 10, 2015 by

From The Christian Institute: The Chief Education Officer for the Church of England (C of E) has defended the principles of faith schools, after schools’ regulator Ofsted hit out at a Sunderland school for its Christian ethos. Nigel Genders stressed that good education involves more than receiving positive feedback from Ofsted. He also highlighted the importance of teaching children about religion in order to prevent extremism. Mr Genders said, “good education is not defined in terms of what...

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Labour’s lessons in anti-homophobia lengthen the dark shadow of political correctness

Feb 8, 2015 by

By Chris McGovern, The Conservative Woman: In order to combat homophobic bullying Tristram Hunt, the Shadow Education Secretary, has published plans to make age appropriate sex and relationship education compulsory in all schools. As part of the strategy, the Labour Press office promised that it will provide a national best practice to equip schools with the resources to tackle Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying. In addition, it will ensure that all new teachers are trained to...

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What the nun who taught me could teach the sneering public school Labour education boss

Feb 8, 2015 by

By Cristina Odone, Mailonline: […]  I doubt Sister Luisa held a certificate of any kind. As far as I know, she may never have gone to university. It didn’t matter: her natural pedagogical instinct ensured that she could make the most complicated facts accessible and the most seemingly boring tales fascinating. It’s a gift – she would have called it a blessing – found only in the best teachers; it has little to do with training or even a degree. Tristram Hunt disagrees. On...

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Cristina Odone criticises Tristram Hunt’s ‘arrogant and ignorant’ remarks about nuns

Feb 7, 2015 by

From Catholic Herald: Shadow education secretary appeared to question whether nuns are good teachers in a television debate. Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt’s comments about nuns on the BBC programme Question Time last night were “arrogant and ignorant”, Cristina Odone has said. Ms Odone, a former Catholic Herald editor, clashed with Mr Hunt on the programme after he appeared to sneer at her teachers for being nuns. She told the Catholic Herald: “Tristram Hunt’s comments on nuns last...

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