Compulsory Christian school assembly should be scrapped – Church of England education chief

Jul 8, 2014 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: Bishop of Oxford says compulsory collective worship belongs in the 1940s and should make way for ‘spiritual reflection’. The 70-year-old legal requirement for schools to include an act of collective worship in assembly should be dropped because of the decline of Christianity in Britain, the Church of England’s head of education has said. The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, said schools should still have to make time for “spiritual reflection” containing...

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School governors: abolish rules on Christian assemblies

Jun 30, 2014 by

By Graeme Paton, Telegraph: The National Governors’ Association calls for the abolition of the 70-year-old rule that requires schools to hold a Christian assembly every day, saying it is “meaningless”. Laws requiring schools to hold a religious assembly every day should be scrapped because they are “meaningless” in a multicultural society, according to school governors. The National Governors’ Association said the 70-year-old legislation – requiring pupils to take part in a...

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Archbishop defends Church schools

Jun 17, 2014 by

From Belfast Telegraph: The Archbishop of Canterbury has defended Church schools in the wake of the “Trojan Horse” allegations in a speech in which he warned against the dangers of using social media to replace “reflective comment” with “instant reaction.” The Most Rev Justin Welby said “not one” church school had been affected by the recent problems highlighted in Ofsted reports which placed five Birmingham schools in special measures following...

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Banning faith schools is ideologically wrong. But in practice, it is worse – it is barbarism.

Jun 15, 2014 by

By Conor Pope, LabourList: “All faith schools are Trojan horses. Let’s ban every single one of them,” said the never understated Dan Hodges. “Faith schools are divisive. Let’s get rid of them,”said Alice Thomson in The Times. “Forget Trojan Horses. The real issue is faith schools,” said Catherine Bennett, who managed to identify and then dismiss the real issue before her Guardian article had even begun. The broadsheet commentators are angry. Really angry. You can tell, because their headlines...

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Homeschooling clampdown in Northern Ireland

Jun 13, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute Parents who home school in Northern Ireland could be caught by “deeply alarming” and “intrusive” proposals, the largest home education group in the Province has warned. The Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland have proposed a new draft policy, which would give government officials sweeping powers, including to visit homes at least once a year. Maria Hanley, of the Home Education Northern Ireland (HEDNI) group, said: “The proposals are alarming and...

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‘Selection by faith’ axed at new wave of Anglican schools

Jun 11, 2014 by

By Graeme Paton, Telegraph The Church of England today signalled the creation of a new wave of faith schools with no places reserved for Christians to ensure they properly “serve their local community”. Rising numbers of schools established in the future will operate “open admissions policies” to give equal priority to non-believers and the children of other faiths, it emerged. The CofE’s newly-appointed chief education officer said the Church wanted to expand the number of Anglican school...

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