Faith school push will not ‘help results’

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Hannah Richardson, BBC: Plans to allow new faith schools to increase the share of pupils they take on religious grounds in England will not improve standards, a report says. The Education Policy Institute research also finds the move is unlikely to boost social mobility. The proposal is part of a range of measures, including opening new grammar schools, aimed at boosting the number of places in high performing schools. The government said faith schools were some of the best and most...

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Theresa May urged not to ‘abuse position to promote Christianity’ after revealing God is her driving force

Dec 2, 2016 by

by Rob Merrick, Independent: The National Secular Society says the Prime Minister must not seek to ‘impose her own religious values on others’ – after she reveals her faith ‘lies behind what I do’. Theresa May has been urged not to “abuse her position to promote Christianity”, after revealing how her faith in God is her driving force. The National Secular Society raised the alarm after the Prime Minister used a weekend newspaper interview to open up about her...

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People who go to church live longer. Here’s why

Dec 1, 2016 by

by Tyler J VanderWeele, Spectator: Over the last 20 years, research has gradually accumulated suggesting that religious service attendance is associated with better physical and mental health. For example, research articles have indicated that regular religious service attendance is associated with a 30 per cent reduction in depression, a five-fold reduction in the likelihood of suicide, and a 30 per cent reduction in mortality, over 16 years of follow-up. There have been a number of prior...

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Theresa May urged not to ‘abuse position to promote Christianity’ after revealing God is her driving force

Nov 29, 2016 by

by Rob Merrick, Independent: Theresa May has been urged not to “abuse her position to promote Christianity”, after revealing how her faith in God is her driving force. The National Secular Society raised the alarm after the Prime Minister used a weekend newspaper interview to open up about her religious beliefs. Asked how she steeled herself for making tough decisions, Ms May replied: “It’s about, ‘Are you doing the right thing?’ If you know you are doing the right thing, you...

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Rule changes will make it easier for new faith schools to open

Nov 25, 2016 by

by Harry Phibbs, Christian Today: There has been much excitement about the fact that, in the future, a few of the new free schools opening might have an element of selection by ability. This has been described as going back to “the grammar school system”. I suspect that even with some academies taking advantage of the new rules and some existing grammar schools expanding, the impact will be a modest (but welcome) increase in the diversity of schools available. Less attention has been given to...

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Education Secretary Praises ‘Hugely Popular’ Christian And Other Faith Schools

Nov 24, 2016 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: England’s church schools are “hugely popular” and “significantly more likely than other schools to be rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding,” the education secretary Justine Greening MP has said. She was speaking after the Government decided to relax selection rules for new pupils. The rules have been changed after it became clear that a cap on admissions to new faith schools, restricting them to taking only half their intake on...

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