A C Grayling’s call to abolish RE in schools is dangerously ignorant

Sep 25, 2014 by

By Gillan Scott, Cranmer: A couple of weeks ago I was in a conversation with a BBC producer discussing faith schools and their admissions policies. We talked about the possibility of my appearance on BBC1′s Sunday Morning Live to debate the subject. In the end it didn’t happen, but I wish I’d had the chance to take on the British Humanist Association’s chief executive, Andrew Copson, as he repeatedly made claims that there was factual evidence that faith schools select wealthy pupils by the...

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Cabinet rift over plan to teach Jesus to Muslims

Sep 21, 2014 by

by Glen Owen, Mailonline: An extraordinary Cabinet row has broken out over plans by Ministers to force Muslim schools to teach pupils about Christianity. The move by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is intended to stop Islamic extremists from ‘brainwashing’ children. But it has led to a clash at the top of Government, with Home Secretary Theresa May lining up with Mrs Morgan against Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. Mrs Morgan drew up the proposals in the wake of the ‘Trojan Horse’ plot by...

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Faith schools a ‘religious affront’ say coalition of religious leaders

Sep 1, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Faith schools are “a religious affront” and discriminate against children in ways that are incompatible with religious teachings about equality, openness and fairness, according to a coalition of religious leaders. Such schools make religious faith seem “tarnished by discrimination” and lead to it being perceived as divisive, according to senior representatives from the Anglican, Catholic and other churches and faiths who today...

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Back to school next week – have we got our “Equality Statements” ready?

Aug 26, 2014 by

by Andrew Symes For some years now, all schools have had to demonstrate their commitment to the “diversity and equality” agenda. This includes the public display of a “Single Equality Statement” which explains how the school will eliminate discrimination and bullying of any kind, particularly according to sexual orientation. A Vicar of a Benefice in the south of England and Chair of the Governors of the local C of E school, tells me of the struggle he had earlier this year in convincing the...

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Role of religion in schools under pressure after Trojan Horse scandal

Aug 14, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Almost 40 leading academics, peers and clerics are backing calls for a sweeping inquiry into the role of religion in British schools in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the signatories, ranging from prominent atheists to Christian and Jewish clergy, say parts of the education system are becoming “insular and divisive” and that clear rules about how far faith groups should influence schools are now urgently needed. They say...

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Legal challenge: Trojan Horse reaction ‘flawed and unlawful’

Aug 12, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: The Christian Institute has threatened the Government with legal action over plans that “sideline” parents, and compel independent schools to ‘actively promote’ homosexual and transsexual rights. The Institute said that the new standards, to be implemented in more than 6,000 independent schools, are “badly written” and could result in removing gender specific terms such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ from the curriculum. And Christian schools could be forced to downgrade...

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