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It’s not only Islamists who have Trojan Horses

It’s not only Islamists who have Trojan Horses

Posted: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:47 by Terry Sanderson

Those with a vested interest in the continuation of 'faith schools' have started their fight back against the growing number of critics, says Terry Sanderson.

A “religious ethos” is not why faith schools succeed – it’s selection that does it

A “religious ethos” is not why faith schools succeed – it’s selection that does it

Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:02 by Terry Sanderson

Rather than a faith-based ethos, Terry Sanderson argues that it's selection that allows faith schools to outperform other schools – and calls for fairer admissions policies to ensure a level playing field for all.

Yes, “faith schools” really are the problem

Yes, “faith schools” really are the problem

Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:32 by Terry Sanderson

Politicians are in denial over the problems caused by "faith schools" and religious influence in education, argues Terry Sanderson.

Religious schools are the problem, not the answer

Religious schools are the problem, not the answer

Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:33 by Terry Sanderson

One could almost be tempted to say "Hallelujah" to the news that Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has at last recognised that there is a problem with dangerous religious proselytising in schools – particularly, but certainly not only, in Muslim-dominated schools.

We must give up our faith in religious schools

We must give up our faith in religious schools

Posted: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:53 by Philip Collins

If social integration is the aspiration, we should start in schools and remove faith schools' right to religious selection, argues Philip Collins.

Faith schools: whose education is it anyway?

Faith schools: whose education is it anyway?

Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:33 by Stephen Evans

Education policy and practice should focus more on children's independent interests and building a shared society rather than pandering to religious groups motivated by self-preservation, argues NSS campaigns manager, Stephen Evans.

The Church of England’s unrelenting exploitation of the nation’s schools

The Church of England’s unrelenting exploitation of the nation’s schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:32 by Stephen Evans

The Church of England's intention is clear. State funded schools will be regarded as churches – and serve as pulpits for evangelisation, argues Stephen Evans.

Job applications should not be a matter of faith

Job applications should not be a matter of faith

Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:11 by a teacher

A teacher's perspective on why faith schools should not be able to select staff and students based on their religion.

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:03 by Terry Sanderson

The Government is in denial about the fact that parents would prefer there to be fewer faith schools and that the system is being exploited and misused by churches and extremist groups, argues Terry Sanderson.

Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:55 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson asks how have we allowed state schools to fall into the hands of people with such a sinister agenda of indoctrination?

A secular society is the key

A secular society is the key

Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:22 by Oliver Kamm

Oliver Kamm explains why a Charedi faith schools' refusal to teach evolution doesn't just impoverish children's minds, but also violates their rights.

Why are children being forced into faith schools?

Why are children being forced into faith schools?

Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:04 by Stephen Evans

With the shortage of primary school places becoming more acute, NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans draws attention to the scandal of families being left with no option other than to send their children to 'faith' schools.

Time to rethink the Church's role in state education

Time to rethink the Church's role in state education

Posted: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:47 by Stephen Evans

As head teachers put the Church's plan to intensify the religious input into lessons into action, Stephen Evans asks: isn't it time to rethink the role of religion in our public education system?

Gay marriage promised in Scotland – but Church wrangles concessions in schools

Gay marriage promised in Scotland – but Church wrangles concessions in schools

Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:37 by Alistair McBay

Aside from recognising the huge significance in this for a long oppressed section of the community, the Scottish Government's announcement that it intends to legislate to allow same sex marriage is also an important point of religious freedom.

Government to work with Church of England to promote more religious schools

Government to work with Church of England to promote more religious schools

Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:00 by Keith Porteous Wood

During Education Questions in the House of Commons on Monday, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary (for England) intimated that the Government is working with the Church of England to bring about its ambition to open hundreds more church schools.

Easter sermons: self-serving and dishonest

Easter sermons: self-serving and dishonest

Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:42 by Terry Sanderson

It's a Bank Holiday, half the staff in the newsroom are on leave, but news editors still have to somehow fill their papers and their broadcast bulletins. What easier way to do it than to draw on the ready-made Easter sermons of various bishops and Cardinals around the country?

Countless millions of taxpayers’ money spent on discrimination in schools

Countless millions of taxpayers’ money spent on discrimination in schools

Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:21 by Terry Sanderson

The state is spending tens of millions of pounds on the salaries of clergy people as well as funding religious discrimination and indoctrination in schools. How did this happen?

A New Year when secularism must stand up for itself or be overwhelmed by religious power-seeking

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 15:36 by Terry Sanderson

The signs have been there for some considerable time – religion around the world is reviving, and it is not the benign, let's-be-good-to-each-other kind of religion that the propagandists would have us believe.

How did our education system become a playground for theocrats?

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:38 by Terry Sanderson

We are seeing the new crop of academy schools beginning to advertise for chaplains