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European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:03

The European Commission has announced it will take no further action after investigating complaints, submitted by the National Secular Society, regarding UK state funded 'faith schools' legislation and European employment laws.

Tory MP calls for all sex education to be scrapped

Tory MP calls for all sex education to be scrapped

Posted: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:08

During a debate introducing the Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) Bill to parliament this week, Conservative MP Philip Davies blamed "sex education fanatics" for a rise in unwanted pregnancies since the 1970s, and called for "less sex education, or even better, none".

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:06

A school placed in special measures following the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' affair has received 100 letters from parents requesting that their children be withdrawn from collective worship, it has emerged.

Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish pupils

Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish pupils

Posted: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:36

Ofsted has denied claims that it acted inappropriately after an association of Orthodox schools accused it of leaving young girls "traumatised" following a school inspection.

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:58

Liberal Democrats have voted in support of a motion to abolish compulsory worship in schools and to end religious discrimination against teachers in faith schools.

Tower Hamlets denies 'Trojan Horse 2' claims

Tower Hamlets denies 'Trojan Horse 2' claims

Posted: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:56

Tower Hamlets has denied newspaper claims that a Trojan Horse '2' is soon to be uncovered in the East London Borough.

Calls for national debate over collective worship requirement in schools

Calls for national debate over collective worship requirement in schools

Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:33

Renewed calls have been made for a national debate about the requirement on schools to hold acts of collective worship. The calls came during an Education Committee evidence session on extremism in schools.

NSS raise concerns over new faith school linked to ‘witch-hunting’ bishop

NSS raise concerns over new faith school linked to ‘witch-hunting’ bishop

Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:15

The National Secular Society has expressed concern that a school linked to a controversial Pentecostal Nigerian 'witch hunter' pastor is set to open in England.

Church school allocation angers non-religious parents

Church school allocation angers non-religious parents

Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:13

Non-religious parents in St Albans have been told by the local authority that the only state education they can offer their children is at a faith school.

Christian group threatens DfE with legal action over school equality standards

Christian group threatens DfE with legal action over school equality standards

Posted: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:51

A Christian lobby group is threatening the Government with a judicial review over its plans to introduce new standards for independent schools aimed at reinforcing equality and fundamental values.

Education secretary to cut public funding to nurseries promoting 'extremist views' – including creationism

Education secretary to cut public funding to nurseries promoting 'extremist views' – including creationism

Posted: Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:49

The Government has announced plans to cut public funding to nurseries that teach creationism as scientific fact or fail to promote 'British values', Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.

NSS responds to Government consultation on school standards and 'British values'

NSS responds to Government consultation on school standards and 'British values'

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:10

The National Secular Society has backed Government plans to tackle religious extremism in schools by reinforcing principles of equality and fundamental values – but has argued that proposed new standards don't go far enough.

‘Trojan’ report finds deliberate action to promote intolerant and aggressive Islamist agenda in schools

‘Trojan’ report finds deliberate action to promote intolerant and aggressive Islamist agenda in schools

Posted: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:41

A report commissioned by former education secretary Michael Gove in April to investigate claims of a plot to takeover state schools in Birmingham has uncovered evidence of "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into some schools in the city".

Prominent Christian Nicky Morgan becomes Education Secretary

Prominent Christian Nicky Morgan becomes Education Secretary

Posted: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:07

David Cameron has promoted conservative minister and prominent Christian Nicky Morgan to the position of secretary of state for education, replacing Michael Gove who had been in the role since 2010.

Trojan Horse schools pupils 'vulnerable to extremism'

Trojan Horse schools pupils 'vulnerable to extremism'

Posted: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:18

According to Ofsted's chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, inspectors of the so-called Trojan Horse schools in Birmingham have found that pupils were "vulnerable to extremism" and that some had been targeted by hard line Muslim governors in a 'planned and orchestrated' plot to radicalise pupils.

New petition calls for an end to compulsory worship in schools

New petition calls for an end to compulsory worship in schools

Posted: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:13

With parties developing their education policies ahead of next year's general election, a new petition is calling on the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats to commit to ending compulsory worship in schools.

Turkish mother’s insult at Greek orthodox faith school allocation

Turkish mother’s insult at Greek orthodox faith school allocation

Posted: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:42

A Turkish Cypriot parent from London has branded the offer of a Greek orthodox faith based free school to her son as "wholly unacceptable" and an "insult".

Compulsory Christian worship should be reframed as ‘spiritual reflection’, says Church of England education chief

Compulsory Christian worship should be reframed as ‘spiritual reflection’, says Church of England education chief

Posted: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:18

The legal requirement for schools to provide a daily act of 'broadly Christian' collective worship should be replaced with "spiritual reflection" drawing mainly on the Christian faith, the Church of England's head of education has said.

Parents told faith school or no school by local council

Parents told faith school or no school by local council

Posted: Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:02

Eleven children whose parents refused places at a Hindu faith school in the London borough of Redbridge have been left with no school place for September.

School governors’ body recommends abolition of collective worship law

School governors’ body recommends abolition of collective worship law

Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:30

The National Governors' Association, which represents 300,000 school governors in England, has become the latest body to recommend that the religious element of daily school assemblies should be scrapped.