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Thousands of children “hidden away” in illegal faith schools at risk of indoctrination and extremism

Thousands of children “hidden away” in illegal faith schools at risk of indoctrination and extremism

Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016 13:43

Ofsted has found over 50 suspected illegal faith schools since January, prompting renewed fears about thousands of children being taught in unregistered schools with no oversight.

Peers criticise “divisive influence” of faith schools

Peers criticise “divisive influence” of faith schools

Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 13:47

A House of Lords debate on school admissions has seen peers criticise segregation and division fed by faith schools and challenging Government plans to prevent civil society organisations from objecting to Admissions Code violations.

Faith school pupil not allowed on council-run ‘Christian only’ bus

Faith school pupil not allowed on council-run ‘Christian only’ bus

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 12:32

The National Secular Society has urged a local authority to review its school transport policy after a pupil was told he couldn't use the council-run school bus because it is provided only for church-going pupils.

NSS: Efforts to better integrate religious minorities must include a reappraisal of faith schools

NSS: Efforts to better integrate religious minorities must include a reappraisal of faith schools

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 06:57

The National Secular Society has welcomed comments from Trevor Phillips calling for the "active integration" of religious minorities but warned that this cannot be done without tackling faith schools.

EHRC to investigate gender segregation at Islamic faith school

EHRC to investigate gender segregation at Islamic faith school

Posted: Fri, 06 May 2016 13:32

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has been asked by the Department for Education to investigate an independent Islamic school that segregated its staff by gender.

NSS: Religious Education must be reformed before ending parental opt-out

NSS: Religious Education must be reformed before ending parental opt-out

Posted: Tue, 03 May 2016 13:26

Religious education must be reformed before parents lose the option to remove their children from the subject, the NSS has said, after head teachers voted to make RE compulsory.

Sixth Former compared to Stalin for campaigning against mandatory prayers in school

Sixth Former compared to Stalin for campaigning against mandatory prayers in school

Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:57

A Northern Ireland councillor has been criticised after comparing a Sixth Form student's campaign against mandatory school worship to the "early stage" of Hitler and Stalin's rule.

Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:41

Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that leaders in some independent Islamic schools are continuing to undermine British values, after inspectors found more evidence of gender segregation.

Academisation plans risk increasing religious influence in schools, warns NSS

Academisation plans risk increasing religious influence in schools, warns NSS

Posted: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:48

The NSS has warned that Government plans to convert all schools in England into academies could increase the level of religious influence and see the CofE gaining control of non-faith-based schools.

Cross-party call by MPs for more inclusive faith school admissions

Cross-party call by MPs for more inclusive faith school admissions

Posted: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:59

A cross-party group of MPs has called on the Government to make faith school admissions more inclusive and bolster social cohesion.

Orthodox school bans mention of “evolution or prehistoric events”

Orthodox school bans mention of “evolution or prehistoric events”

Posted: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:53

Ofsted have written a scathing criticism of an independent orthodox Jewish school which has a policy of not referencing "evolution or prehistoric events" that would "predate the creation of the world 5776 years ago".

Faith schools selecting pupils from more affluent backgrounds

Faith schools selecting pupils from more affluent backgrounds

Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:23

A new report by the Sutton Trust has revealed how the most socially selective schools are likely to be faith schools using oversubscription criteria to select disproportionately wealthy pupils.

NSS cautions against ‘moral panic’ over religious literacy

NSS cautions against ‘moral panic’ over religious literacy

Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:03

The National Secular Society has reiterated its support for improved religion and belief education in schools but warned that concerns over poor 'religious literacy' are being used as a Trojan horse to elevate religion's status in public life.

Inclusive schooling is part of the answer to social segregation of Muslims

Inclusive schooling is part of the answer to social segregation of Muslims

Posted: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:45

The NSS has warned that state support for faith schools is fuelling the separatism that creates the "chasm" between British Muslims and the rest of the population, highlighted in a new poll on Muslim attitudes.

Spanish public schools to “inculcate” children of Muslim parents with “Islamic worldview”

Spanish public schools to “inculcate” children of Muslim parents with “Islamic worldview”

Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:58

The Spanish government has announced plans for a massive taxpayer-funded Islamic religious education programme which will promote 'moderate' Islam in schools to tackle Islamic extremism.

Parliamentary RE group 'turning into a religious sect'

Parliamentary RE group 'turning into a religious sect'

Posted: Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:41

The founding chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on religious education has warned that the group has been taken-over by religious "fundamentalists".

NSS urges schools commissioner to reject church plan to control community schools

NSS urges schools commissioner to reject church plan to control community schools

Posted: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:25

The National Secular Society has called on the Regional Schools Commissioner for the North of England to oppose plans for a Church of England takeover of four Newcastle schools.

Faith school transport subsidies set to be axed by Lancashire Council

Faith school transport subsidies set to be axed by Lancashire Council

Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:13

Lancashire County Council has come under fire from the Church of England over plans to remove transport subsidies for children attending faith schools.

Educate Together awarded ‘Secularist of the Year’ prize

Educate Together awarded ‘Secularist of the Year’ prize

Posted: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:50

The National Secular Society has awarded the annual Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year to Educate Together, an educational charity which runs equality-based, inclusive schools.

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Posted: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:16

Four non-religious schools are to be merged with a CofE primary under a single academy trust controlled by the Church of England, in a move described as a "takeover".