New Director for Corporate Strategy, Ofsted

Jan 20, 2017 by

An announcement from Amanda Spielman, HMCI, on the appointment of a new Director for Ofsted. I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Luke Tryl into the new Director, Corporate Strategy role. Luke is joining us from Public Policy Projects, an independent think tank, and has previously worked as Head of Education at Stonewall as well as Reform, Tetra Strategy and a spell as a Special Adviser at the Department for Education. Read here...

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Christian Schools and the Secular Agenda

Jan 13, 2017 by

from Christians in Education: In June of last year, I wrote a response to the criticism of a group of Christian schools. Several of the schools were due for Ofsted inspections, and I ended the blog with the words ‘Watch this space…’ suggesting that outcomes would ‘probably be determined solely by the current social orthodoxy… even at the expense of denying parents their right to educate their children “in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions” ‘. And that is exactly...

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Don’t leave religion to the bigots opposed to LGBTI inclusion, urges Church of Scotland minister backing schools campaign

Jan 6, 2017 by

by Kirsteen Paterson, The National: THE faith agenda must be “seized back from the bigots and the haters” opposed to LGBTI inclusion, a Church of Scotland minister has said. Highland minister Reverend John Nugent spoke out as he declared his support for the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, which is pressing for Scottish schools to overhaul the classroom approach to LGBT issues and wipe out bullying based on sexuality and gender identity. Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar and actress...

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Children ‘at risk’ in Christian fundamentalist schools in the UK, warns government watchdog

Jan 3, 2017 by

by Siobhan Fenton, Independent: A number of Christian fundamentalist schools have been downgraded by government inspectors following an investigation by The Independent which revealed children at some schools that follow the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum are taught that LGBT people are inferior and girls must submit to men. The investigation also uncovered historic allegations of corporal punishment, exorcisms being performed on children and schoolgirls being “groomed” for...

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Christian schools are ‘being picked on by Ofsted after Trojan Horse scandal’, headteacher claims

Dec 19, 2016 by

by Lydia Willgress, Telegraph: Christian schools are being picked on by Ofsted for failing to promote British values so the regulator can prove it is “even-handed” after the Trojan Horse scandal, a headteacher has claimed. Nine out of 10 schools linked to the Christian Education Europe network were deemed inadequate or said to be requiring improvement in their latest visit by the regulator in October, despite most receiving positive feedback previously. Criticisms included failing to balance...

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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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