Theresa May to relax faith schools admissions rules

Sep 10, 2016 by

from BBC News: The government is set to relax rules on how faith schools select pupils, to allow new Catholic schools to open in England, according to a No 10 source. A source said the admissions cap, which limits oversubscribed new faith schools to only selecting half of their intake by reference to faith, had failed. It comes as the education secretary said ministers will take a “pragmatic” look at new grammar schools. Justine Greening insisted these plans would not be a return...

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Faith schools are beacons of intellectual rigour

Aug 29, 2016 by

by Marc Sidwell, Telegraph: Another year’s GCSE and A-level results, another bumper crop for… grammars? academies? Yes, absolutely. But there’s a third group of state schools that outperform the average that gets far less positive attention: the nation’s faith schools. For this year’s results, the Telegraph’s ranking of top-performing comprehensives shows a strong showing from faith schools of many kinds: among the top few dozen entries are two King David Highs, a St John the Baptist RC Comp,...

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Theresa May sidelines role of faith minister

Aug 16, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: The government position of faith minister has been quietly minimised in an ongoing trend of minimising the prominence of religion in senior roles. Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth is the new minister with responsibilities for “faith and integration” after Theresa May became Prime Minister in July. But far from being a senior government position, Bourne is a junior minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Alongside his...

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Decline of religion in Britain ‘comes to a halt’ – major study suggests

Aug 7, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: It is more than 130 years since Nietzsche declared that “God is dead”, and forecasts of the demise of organised religion in the UK and elsewhere have been a regular fixture ever since. But new figures from Britain’s longest-running and most important barometer of general public opinion suggest that reports of the imminent death of Christianity at least may have been greatly exaggerated. As-yet unpublished findings from this year’s British Social Attitudes Survey...

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Motherhood and Apple Pie – The Sins of Andrea Leadsom

Jul 12, 2016 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: Gottcha! She’s gone. Ding-dong, the witch is dead. After a weekend of vitriol and abuse Andrea Leadsom has had enough and withdrawn from the race to be Conservative party leader and thus Prime Minister. Even then the abuse has not stopped – after all it just goes to show that she is a weak woman and should retire to the kitchen – where she clearly belongs (yes – that really was said!). […] But the real attack – and the real bitterness, came because of her...

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The Hunting of Andrea Leadsom

Jul 11, 2016 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: It’s the hunting season again. With the Tory party in the throes of choosing a new leader its time for our PC secularists to start trawling the web in order to find dark and hidden secrets of the various candidates. Have they ever lied in the past? Cheated on their taxes? Kicked the cat? Gone fox hunting? But the big sin – the one that guarantees the Twitterati and Fackbook pages go ballistic – is ‘are they Christian?’. Like, really Christian. Not David...

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