Not just an optional extra –RE that prepares children for life in the 21st Century

Apr 28, 2017 by

by Derek Holloway, Church of England Education Office: The Church of England has approximately 4700 schools of which about 200 are secondary including Middle Schools. We educate roughly a million pupils each year. We work in partnership through our dioceses to support schools. Church schools are...

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Heads back CofE call to ban parents withdrawing children from RE

Apr 28, 2017 by

by Freddie Whittaker, Schools Week: Headteachers have backed Church of England plans to ban parents from withdrawing their pupils from religious education, claiming it is being exploited by ‘interest groups’ and those seeking to incite religious hatred. Under current rules, parents have the right...

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Ban parents from pulling children out of religious education classes, Church of England says

Apr 27, 2017 by

by Camilla Turner, Telegraph: Parents should be banned from pulling their children out of religious education classes because they are preventing students from learning about Islam, the Church of England has warned. Derek Holloway, the Church’s lead on religious education (RE) policy, said...

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Churches grapple with questions of survival through research

Apr 12, 2017 by

A major new doctoral initiative aimed at equipping leadership in the non-western and persecuted church has been launched by two leading academic institutes – the Oxford Centre for Religion in Public Life (OCRPL) and the Theology department of the South African University of Stellenbosch. The...

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Why does the Church of England sneer at grammar schools?

Apr 10, 2017 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: The Church of England is apparently not interested in opening new grammar schools. In an interview with the TES, the CofE’s Chief Education Officer, the Rev’d Nigel Genders, says: “We’ve been very clear that, because we think every child is important, we want to develop more...

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NHS Scotland: ‘Ditch boys and girls, kids can be gender fluid’

Apr 6, 2017 by

from The Christian Institute: Schools should move away from the distinctions of ‘male’ and ‘female’, according to transsexual guidance for Scottish teachers. A new 30-page policy document endorses ‘gender fluidity’, described as a “flexible range of gender expression which may change over time and...

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