Ofsted … dedicated to robbing teachers of their conscience

Apr 6, 2015 by

By Mark Ellse, The Conservative Woman: Decades ago I employed a Bulgarian teacher. One day, irritated by some petty regulation, I quipped: “This country is like being in the Soviet Bloc.” My mild comment precipitated a torrent of rage from the normally reticent Bulgarian. “You have no idea what it was like under communism! The petty officials ruled everything. There was no recourse to reason, or even common sense. We had  to do and pretend to believe absurd things to show our...

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‘Church schools must not select on the basis of faith’

Apr 3, 2015 by

From Mailonline: Church of England schools should stop selecting pupils on faith because it discriminates against the poor, a group of vicars has claimed. They say the system is open to abuse and many oversubscribed schools reject non-churchgoing families even though they may live nearby. Many Christian schools give priority to families who regularly attend services, a practice which they say preserves their faith ethos. But the clergymen said affluent parents were more likely to cheat the...

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‘School chaplains are as much for the staff as the pupils’

Apr 3, 2015 by

by The Revd Garry Neave, tes: A report released this month in the UK points out that chaplaincy has long been associated with Christianity, covering a small range of traditional sectors: education, health, the military and prisons. Nowadays that is no longer the case. Chaplains are everywhere, from all faiths and none, operating in every conceivable sector. So where does this leave school and college chaplaincy rooted in the Christian faith? Is it outdated in 21st-century multicultural...

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The exile of the mind

Mar 31, 2015 by

by Julian Rivers, Jubilee Centre: British higher education is increasingly secular in outlook. This paper identifies three aspects of that secularity: specialisation, instrumentalisation and globalisation. As Christians, we can respond by observing the intellectual, moral and theological inadequacy of the university life this generates. But we are also called to take practical beneficial steps to address its weaknesses as well. We can prevent slippage into hostile forms of secularism by...

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Ofsted and ‘British values’

Mar 30, 2015 by

Revealed: Ofsted guide on how to bombard 11-year-olds with questions about lesbians by Sarah Harris, Mailonline I was wrong: Ofsted is a real menace by Dennis Sewell, Catholic Herald Jewish faith schools ‘face Left-wing Ofsted bias’  by Eleanor Harding and Jim Norton, Mailonline Nicky Morgan and Ofsted’s anti-Christian commissars are not fit for purpose by Gerald Warner, Breitbart Ofsted’s attack on school’s Christian ethos exposes real reason for downgrade, Christian...

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Non-Christian faith schools are ‘straining the state educational system to breaking point̵...

Mar 17, 2015 by

From Archbishop Cranmer: In his Lyndwood Lecture delivered to the Ecclesiastical Law Society last December, former Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP made a potent case for the continuing Establishment of the Church of England, observing its deep commitment to social action at a local community level, “whether it be voluntary work in a charity shop or serving in a youth organization or helping in a one off community project in a Deanery or Diocese such as those for rough sleepers in winter...

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