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‘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.

Ofsted withdraws 'discriminatory' guidance on inspecting faith schools

Ofsted withdraws 'discriminatory' guidance on inspecting faith schools

Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:43

Ofsted has told the National Secular Society that it is updating its guidance on inspecting 'faith schools' following criticism that it endorsed gender segregation in lessons.

Ofsted guidance on inspecting faith schools reveals “disturbing capitulation to religious demands”

Ofsted guidance on inspecting faith schools reveals “disturbing capitulation to religious demands”

Posted: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:03

The NSS has accused Ofsted of "capitulating to oppressive religious demands" after the schools regulator told inspectors that gender segregation in faith schools should not be taken as a sign of inequality.

Role of religion in schools under scrutiny as Ofsted reveal extent of fundamentalism in Birmingham schools

Role of religion in schools under scrutiny as Ofsted reveal extent of fundamentalism in Birmingham schools

Posted: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:43

The role of religion in schools has come under scrutiny following Ofsted's finding that "a culture of fear and intimidation has developed" in those Birmingham schools caught up in the "Trojan Horse" controversy.

NSS calls for statutory sex and relationship education in all schools, including those with faith-based ethos

NSS calls for statutory sex and relationship education in all schools, including those with faith-based ethos

Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:17

The National Secular Society has called for age appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) to be made a statutory part of the national curriculum.

Shadow education secretary sets out plans to tackle Islamist infiltration of schools

Shadow education secretary sets out plans to tackle Islamist infiltration of schools

Posted: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:41

The shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, has called for more robust inspections to ensure all schools deliver a "broad and balanced" curriculum.

Faith school allocation “inappropriate”, say parents

Faith school allocation “inappropriate”, say parents

Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 13:32

Families of children allocated places at Hindu faith school in the London Borough of Redbridge plan to appeal the decision, saying the school's religious ethos is at odds with their own beliefs and values.

Catholic school’s admissions policy leaves family in “turmoil”

Catholic school’s admissions policy leaves family in “turmoil”

Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014 13:33

Parents of a child refused a place at a state funded Catholic school have criticised the school over its admissions criteria, and say the school's policy of giving preferential treatment to worshippers has left their lives in turmoil.

Concerns over religious hardliners inspecting independent 'faith schools'

Concerns over religious hardliners inspecting independent 'faith schools'

Posted: Sun, 11 May 2014 09:13

The National Secular Society has expressed concern that inspectors with extremist views are working for the body responsible for inspecting Muslims and Christian independent schools.

NSS challenges Archbishop’s remarks over 'faith schools'

NSS challenges Archbishop’s remarks over 'faith schools'

Posted: Sun, 04 May 2014 12:50

The National Secular Society has challenged the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, over his comments that Britain is a "deeply Christian country" and that church schools are "a very good use of social capital".

MPs call for Catholic schools to be given greater freedoms to discriminate in admissions

MPs call for Catholic schools to be given greater freedoms to discriminate in admissions

Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 12:38

A number of Conservative MPs have called on the Government to scrap the 50% cap on faith based admissions to free schools, to give Catholic schools greater freedoms to discriminate on religious grounds.

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.