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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.

Diverse schools needed to breakdown worsening ethnic segregation

Diverse schools needed to breakdown worsening ethnic segregation

Posted: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:48

Parents should be encouraged to place pupils in "diverse schools" to help tackle growing ethnic segregation, a major report has warned.

Plans to increase discriminatory faith school admissions ‘reveals an alarming democratic deficit’

Plans to increase discriminatory faith school admissions ‘reveals an alarming democratic deficit’

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:03

The education secretary's power to relax faith school admissions without parliamentary approval or scrutiny reveals a disturbing democratic deficit, the National Secular Society has warned.

Scottish secularists challenge unelected church-appointees on Local Authority Education Committees

Scottish secularists challenge unelected church-appointees on Local Authority Education Committees

Posted: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:18

The Scottish Secular Society has launched a petition challenging the lack of democratic accountability in Local Authority Education Committees automatically including Church nominees.

NSS calls on Parliament not to ignore religious infringement on children’s rights

NSS calls on Parliament not to ignore religious infringement on children’s rights

Posted: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:16

The National Secular Society has warned the Joint Committee on Human Rights that religion's role in state education is impeding the rights and freedoms of children and young people growing up in the UK.

Faith school pupils punished for not attending mass

Faith school pupils punished for not attending mass

Posted: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:10

A group of non-Catholic students in a Scottish school have been punished with a week's worth of detentions after they refused to attend a religious service.

Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Posted: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:12

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has endorsed several recommendations made by the National Secular Society, in a submission to the United Nations.

Former deputy chair of NI education committee says teaching evolution ‘corrupts children’

Former deputy chair of NI education committee says teaching evolution ‘corrupts children’

Posted: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:27

Thomas Buchanan, a DUP MLA, has endorsed an event which seeks to teach creationism to children and said creationism should be taught "in every school".

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:54

The National Secular Society has urged the UN Human Rights Council to recommend to the UK Government that it abolish religious discrimination in faith schools' admissions procedures.

New powers needed to investigate illegal religious school, councils say

New powers needed to investigate illegal religious school, councils say

Posted: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:00

The National Secular Society has welcomed calls from the Local Government Association to be given more powers to tackle illegal faith schools and investigate the education of the 37,000 children who are home schooled.

Campaigns against school worship gain momentum in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Campaigns against school worship gain momentum in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Posted: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:11

The Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) has launched a judicial review against the Scottish Government following its refusal to allow sixth form pupils to opt themselves out of Religious Observance.