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Catholic school withdraws job offer over headteacher's marital status

Catholic school withdraws job offer over headteacher's marital status

Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:41

A Catholic 'faith school' in Wales has withdrawn a job offer from a potential new headteacher because he failed to live up to their idea of Catholic morality.

NSS welcomes investigation into “extremist schools”

NSS welcomes investigation into “extremist schools”

Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:59

The National Secular Society has welcomed reports that Ofsted inspectors are to be sent to schools amid concerns that children are being radicalised and exposed to extremist ideologies.

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Posted: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:09

Non-religious and Christian parents who have been allocated places for their children at a Sikh free school have argued that their right to educate their children according to their beliefs is being infringed.

Success! Exam regulator bans censorship of exam questions at faith schools

Success! Exam regulator bans censorship of exam questions at faith schools

Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:30

Faith schools will no longer be allowed to redact questions about evolution and reproduction from science exam papers on grounds of religious sensitivity, and any attempt to do so will be treated as "malpractice" the exam regulator has said.

Al-Madinah free school under scrutiny again

Al-Madinah free school under scrutiny again

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:31

The education watchdog Ofsted will pay a further monitoring visit to the controversial Al-Madinah Muslim School in Derby. Inspectors want to find out if there have been any improvements since the school hit the headlines last October over accusations of extremism and mismanagement.

Religious education contributes to good community relations, claims parliamentary report

Religious education contributes to good community relations, claims parliamentary report

Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:25

A parliamentary group has published a report saying that Religious Education in schools can help counter extremism and build better community relations.

Government response to exam censorship neglects children's independent interests, says the NSS

Government response to exam censorship neglects children's independent interests, says the NSS

Posted: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:35

The National Secular Society has accused the Government of neglecting the best interests of children after it refused to intervene following the revelations that some faith schools have been blacking out questions on exam papers, depriving pupils of the ability to score the maximum marks.

Muslim state schools ordered not to discriminate on the basis of gender

Muslim state schools ordered not to discriminate on the basis of gender

Posted: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:35

Following concerns raised by the National Secular Society, three Muslim state schools have been told not to discriminate against job applicants on the basis of gender.

Plans by Islamist extremists to take over state schools exposed

Plans by Islamist extremists to take over state schools exposed

Posted: Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:09

The Sunday Times this week reported an alleged plot by Islamist fundamentalists in Birmingham to take over state schools and use them as centres of "Islamic education."

Government complicit in redaction of exam questions

Government complicit in redaction of exam questions

Posted: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 23:19

The National Secular Society has discovered that exam boards, the exam regulator and the government have been colluding with faith schools to shield pupils from key scientific concepts.

Concerns raised over sex discrimination against teachers in Muslim schools

Concerns raised over sex discrimination against teachers in Muslim schools

Posted: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:34

The National Secular Society has warned that the proliferation of religious schools could be opening the door to gender discrimination in the employment of teachers.

Study reveals teens' views on faith and Religious Education

Study reveals teens' views on faith and Religious Education

Posted: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:27

Young people in multi-faith areas favour multi-faith over single-faith schools. They also value religious education but want to see changes in its content and delivery.

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious privilege in Scotland’s education system

Edinburgh secularists challenge religious privilege in Scotland’s education system

Posted: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:40

Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) has presented its case for the removal of unelected religious representatives on local authority education committees to the Scottish Government's Petitions Committee.

Church takeover of community school blocked by local authority

Church takeover of community school blocked by local authority

Posted: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:56

Plans to convert a Suffolk community school to a Church of England voluntary aided school have been blocked by Suffolk County Council after a consultation process failed to demonstrate sufficient demand for a school with a religious character.

Educate Together to open first UK school

Educate Together to open first UK school

Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:07

The Irish-based educational charity Educate Together has announced it is to set up an Academy Trust to run a new primary school to be opened in Bristol in September 2014.

NSS intervenes in bid to prevent Church takeover of Suffolk community school

NSS intervenes in bid to prevent Church takeover of Suffolk community school

Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:55

The National Secular Society is assisting local parents to block a proposal to convert a Suffolk community school to a Church of England school.

New research reveals socio-economic segregation impact of faith schools

New research reveals socio-economic segregation impact of faith schools

Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:16

New research published by the Fair Admissions Campaign has highlighted the extent to which faith-based admissions policies create socio-economic segregation.

Survey reveals schools failing to take religious education seriously

Survey reveals schools failing to take religious education seriously

Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:18

A third of community schools and over a third of academies without a religious character are failing to meet their legal or contractual agreements to provide religious education.

School takes action to combat evangelism from external religious visitors

School takes action to combat evangelism from external religious visitors

Posted: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:25

The board of governors of a community school in Sheffield has voted to strengthen its existing policy on religious visitors following concerns about the agenda of external visitors to the school.

Head teacher apologises after ordering pupils to attend Islam awareness trip or face punishment for 'racism'

Head teacher apologises after ordering pupils to attend Islam awareness trip or face punishment for 'racism'

Posted: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:37

A head teacher has been forced to apologise to parents after threatening to punish children for racism if they missed a religious awareness workshop.