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Latest religious takeover will see two community schools run by the Church

Latest religious takeover will see two community schools run by the Church

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00

Two community schools in Kent are to be folded into an academy trust under Church control, in the latest Church takeover of community schools, a trend warned of by the National Secular Society last year.

Local community rallies against religious ethos for new school

Local community rallies against religious ethos for new school

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:43

Hundreds of people have protested against a new school in Bala having a Church in Wales ethos, and a local councillor has called on the Church to back away from the project.

Ireland to consider banning schools from using religion in admissions

Ireland to consider banning schools from using religion in admissions

Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:57

The Irish Minister for Education and Skills has set out plans to tackle the religious discrimination endemic in the Irish education system, hitting out at the unfairness of a baptism requirement for school places.

Faith school heads and governors raise concerns about academy religious takeovers

Faith school heads and governors raise concerns about academy religious takeovers

Posted: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:57

Religious leaders are set to steamroll faith schools into massive academy chains, centralising church control over the state-funded schools.

NSS urges Scottish Government to tackle governance failures concerning religion in schools

NSS urges Scottish Government to tackle governance failures concerning religion in schools

Posted: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:21

The National Secular Society has highlighted failures in the governance of Scottish schools, identifying a string of incidents where pupils have been exposed in schools to extreme religious views.

Scottish Government consults on religious observance, as poll shows majority favour reform

Scottish Government consults on religious observance, as poll shows majority favour reform

Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:22

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on religious observance, following a court case last year and a poll from The Times which found a majority in favour of change.

Raft of fundamentalist Christian schools downgraded by Ofsted

Raft of fundamentalist Christian schools downgraded by Ofsted

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:33

Nine faith schools which teach the fundamentalist Accelerated Christian Education curriculum have been downgraded, following Ofsted inspections ordered by the Department for Education.

Islamic school found to be hindering pupils’ personal development

Islamic school found to be hindering pupils’ personal development

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:17

Ofsted inspectors have downgraded an independent Islamic school in Tower Hamlets after finding "grimy" facilities, "inappropriate" books and a camera placed in the school toilets.

NSS urges Government to abandon plans to expand religious selection

NSS urges Government to abandon plans to expand religious selection

Posted: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:16

The NSS has responded to the Government's consultation on plans to remove the faith based free-school admission cap and criticised alternative measures to promote integration as "ineffective and tokenistic".

Last chance to speak out against the Government’s faith school expansion plans

Last chance to speak out against the Government’s faith school expansion plans

Posted: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:25

The Government's consultation on plans to open more faith schools and allow them to select up to 100% of their pupils on religious grounds is coming to a close very soon.

Faith school expansion plans ‘will not improve standards or boost social mobility’

Faith school expansion plans ‘will not improve standards or boost social mobility’

Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:25

Government proposals to allow a new wave of fully religiously selective faith schools will not improve standards and are unlikely to boost social mobility, new research has warned.

Thousands of missing children at risk of religious extremism in illegal faith schools

Thousands of missing children at risk of religious extremism in illegal faith schools

Posted: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:43

Research by the BBC has found that more than 30,000 children went missing from English and Welsh schools for "substantial" periods during the 2014-15 academic year.

Record numbers attending Jewish faith schools as Orthodox numbers grow

Record numbers attending Jewish faith schools as Orthodox numbers grow

Posted: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:28

Almost two-thirds of Jewish children in Britain attend Jewish faith schools, the majority of which are "strictly Orthodox", according to new research.

‘Catholic certificate’ breaches admissions rules, says Schools Adjudicator

‘Catholic certificate’ breaches admissions rules, says Schools Adjudicator

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:12

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) has upheld several complaints against a "Certificate of Catholic Practice" (CCP) required for school admissions.

Hackney fails to act over vast number of illegal faith schools

Hackney fails to act over vast number of illegal faith schools

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:03

A senior Hackney Council education official has admitted that there are more illegally operating schools in the borough than legal ones.

Church academy chain to close only secular school

Church academy chain to close only secular school

Posted: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:40

A Church of England multi-academy trust is set to close the only non-faith school under its control.

Conservative MP criticises division caused by faith schools

Conservative MP criticises division caused by faith schools

Posted: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:19

A debate in the House of Commons on the role of faith and grammar schools saw MPs quiz the Government over its plans to remove the 50% cap on faith-based selection to new faith-based free schools.

CofE faith school to insist parents attend church for two years

CofE faith school to insist parents attend church for two years

Posted: Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:17

A Church of England faith school in Heysham is considering changing its admissions policy to require parents to attend church for a much longer period to help secure a school place for their child.

New Hindu faith schools proposed, despite warnings of worsening ethnic segregation

New Hindu faith schools proposed, despite warnings of worsening ethnic segregation

Posted: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:37

The latest wave of free school applications includes proposals for seven new Hindu schools.

Scottish Government to consult on religious observance guidance

Scottish Government to consult on religious observance guidance

Posted: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:26

Campaigners in Scotland have agreed to "pause" their legal action on religious observance in Scottish schools, pending a consultation by the Scottish Government.