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Christian Concern back parents over accusations adopted son was “held down” at prayer meeting for an exorcism

Christian Concern back parents over accusations adopted son was “held down” at prayer meeting for an exorcism

Posted: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:55

Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre are assisting a couple whose adopted sons were removed, after accusations one had been held down at a prayer meeting while people talked in tongues to exorcise a demon.

UN calls on Ireland to recognise needs of non-Christian children in the education system

UN calls on Ireland to recognise needs of non-Christian children in the education system

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:25

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has criticised Ireland in its periodic review, urging the country to protect the rights of non-religious and non-Christian children and families.

‘Catholics-only’ school bus policy to be reviewed

‘Catholics-only’ school bus policy to be reviewed

Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:27

The National Secular Society has welcomed news that a 'discriminatory' school bus policy, which gives Catholic pupils free travel but makes non-Catholics pay, is to be reviewed by Flintshire Council.

Schools where face veils are a “barrier” to learning and social interaction to be marked down by Ofsted

Schools where face veils are a “barrier” to learning and social interaction to be marked down by Ofsted

Posted: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:09

The head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has announced that he is giving his "full support" to schools that "take a stand against the inappropriate wearing of the veil."

Government announces clampdown on complaints about faith school admissions code violations

Government announces clampdown on complaints about faith school admissions code violations

Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:07

The NSS has warned that Government plans to stop secularist campaign groups from challenging the admissions processes of faith schools will enable faith schools to break the admissions code with impunity.

French school pupils to be taught that secularism protects them

French school pupils to be taught that secularism protects them

Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:49

The French education minister has said that the meaning of secularism has been twisted and that teaching must be overhauled to show that Laïcité protects pupils.

Ultra-Orthodox schools still use corporal punishment, say campaigners

Ultra-Orthodox schools still use corporal punishment, say campaigners

Posted: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:28

A charity and support group for former Ultra-Orthodox Jews has warned the Government that corporal punishment is widely used in unregistered Orthodox schools.

‘Driving ban’ Charedi school criticised by Ofsted after emergency inspection

‘Driving ban’ Charedi school criticised by Ofsted after emergency inspection

Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:58

A school which threatened a 'ban' on mothers driving their children to school has been criticised by Ofsted for failing to sufficiently promote "pupils' safety and well-being."

NSS backs plans for better safeguarding in supplementary schools

NSS backs plans for better safeguarding in supplementary schools

Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:08

The NSS has expressed broad support for Government plans to safeguard children and young people who attend "out-of-school education settings", including madrassas, with a system of registration and inspection.

Exam schedules re-arranged to accommodate Ramadan

Exam schedules re-arranged to accommodate Ramadan

Posted: Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:25

The National Secular Society has warned that the rescheduling GCSE and A-Level exams to accommodate Ramadan must not disadvantage non-Muslim pupils.

EHRC urged to tackle discrimination and unfairness of faith schools

EHRC urged to tackle discrimination and unfairness of faith schools

Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:55

The National Secular Society has called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to tackle issues of discrimination and unfairness stemming from religious influence in publicly funded education.

Ofsted to prepare prosecution cases against staff of unregistered religious schools

Ofsted to prepare prosecution cases against staff of unregistered religious schools

Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:30

Ofsted is preparing prosecution cases against the founders of unregulated religious schools after warning the Government of a "serious and growing threat" to children's safety.

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:52

The National Secular Society has criticised a new report on the role of religion and belief in public life for calling for a multi-faith approach "completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society."

Church of England seeks special protection for failing faith schools

Church of England seeks special protection for failing faith schools

Posted: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:28

One of the Church of England's bishops in the House of Lords has put down an amendment to the Education and Adoption Bill to protect the religious ethos of failing Anglican schools if they are forced to convert into academies.

Call to overhaul RE teaching and rename the subject

Call to overhaul RE teaching and rename the subject

Posted: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:15

A review into Religious Education has called for fundamental reform of the subject, so that teaching reflects "the real religious landscape" of the UK – with content including a "broad range" of religious and non-religious views.

High Court rules against Education Secretary for leaving non-religious views out of new RE GCSE

High Court rules against Education Secretary for leaving non-religious views out of new RE GCSE

Posted: Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:32

The High Court has ruled in favour of three families who challenged the Education Secretary's exclusion of non-religious worldviews from the new RE GCSE syllabus.

Female governor made to sit “out of sight” of men during school governors’ meetings at Islamic school

Female governor made to sit “out of sight” of men during school governors’ meetings at Islamic school

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:27

Ofsted has released a damning advice note on the Bridge Schools Inspectorate, revealing shocking failures by independent Muslim and Christian schools.

NSS stresses role of education in nurturing cohesive societies in speech at European Parliament

NSS stresses role of education in nurturing cohesive societies in speech at European Parliament

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:55

The NSS has told top-level European officials of the positive role secular education can play in building a shared future and challenging religious intolerance across Europe.

“Diet of Islam” fed to Park View Academy pupils

“Diet of Islam” fed to Park View Academy pupils

Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:31

A professional conduct panel has ruled against two teachers at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' scandal, finding that pupils of Park View Academy were "immersed in orthodox Islamic doctrine."

Review law on collective worship in schools, say academics

Review law on collective worship in schools, say academics

Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:03

Senior academics have warned of "significant concerns" about the imposition of collective worship in non-religious schools – arguing that it may violate the right to freedom of religion and belief.