Church of England rejects faith school criticisms

Dec 7, 2016 by

By Aaron James, Premier: The Church of England’s rebuffed criticism that its faith schools are making divisions in the UK even worse than they already are. It hit back against the claim in an open letter to the Times after one of its columnists, Rachel Sylvester, wrote a piece called “Faith schools encourage a form of apartheid” – a reference to the former political system in South Africa where black people were legally discriminated against in favour of white people....

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Faith school push will not ‘help results’

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Hannah Richardson, BBC: Plans to allow new faith schools to increase the share of pupils they take on religious grounds in England will not improve standards, a report says. The Education Policy Institute research also finds the move is unlikely to boost social mobility. The proposal is part of a range of measures, including opening new grammar schools, aimed at boosting the number of places in high performing schools. The government said faith schools were some of the best and most...

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Thousands Of British School Children Benefit From ‘Game-Changing’ Teaching On Christianity

Nov 25, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: The teaching of Christianity in schools has been transformed by a “game changing” new resource from the Church of England. Thousands of children in more than 2,000 schools have benefited from ‘Understanding Christianity’ since it was launched six months ago. The aid focuses on key theological concepts like salvation to help pupils get to grips with what Christians believe. Derek Holloway, school character and SIAMS development manager...

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Rule changes will make it easier for new faith schools to open

Nov 25, 2016 by

by Harry Phibbs, Christian Today: There has been much excitement about the fact that, in the future, a few of the new free schools opening might have an element of selection by ability. This has been described as going back to “the grammar school system”. I suspect that even with some academies taking advantage of the new rules and some existing grammar schools expanding, the impact will be a modest (but welcome) increase in the diversity of schools available. Less attention has been given to...

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Education Secretary Praises ‘Hugely Popular’ Christian And Other Faith Schools

Nov 24, 2016 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: England’s church schools are “hugely popular” and “significantly more likely than other schools to be rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding,” the education secretary Justine Greening MP has said. She was speaking after the Government decided to relax selection rules for new pupils. The rules have been changed after it became clear that a cap on admissions to new faith schools, restricting them to taking only half their intake on...

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Faith schools have key role in fighting extremism, says Church of England MP

Nov 9, 2016 by

by Aaron James, Premier: Faith schools can help tackle extremism by fostering greater “religious literacy”, an MP has said. Dame Caroline Spelman, the Church of England’s representative in the Commons, said she wants to “scotch the myth” religious schools fuel segregation. They can in fact play a crucial role in battling intolerance and division by fostering a greater understanding of religion, she said. Speaking in a Commons debate on the proposed expansion of...

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