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Creationism blocked in Scottish science classes

Creationism blocked in Scottish science classes

Posted: Thu, 28 May 2015 13:53

The Scottish education minister has stated that creationism should not be taught in science classes in publicly-funded Scottish schools.

72% support council’s bid to cut free travel subsidy for faith schools

72% support council’s bid to cut free travel subsidy for faith schools

Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 13:45

Kirklees Council is considering ending free travel to faith schools in a bid to cut out unnecessary expenditure. The move has widespread local support, with 72% of 926 consultation responses in support of the measure.

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

Posted: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:22

A judge has ruled that the state is not obliged to subsidise transportation to and from faith schools, despite ruling in favour of a Catholic school in a case over subsidised school transport.

LibDem leadership contender calls for secular state

LibDem leadership contender calls for secular state

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00

Tim Farron, one of two candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, has called for the Church of England to be disestablished and has also expressed his opposition to faith schools.

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 12:57

The NSS has urged the Government to resist regressive demands to allow more discrimination in faith schools after it emerged the Catholic Education Service is lobbying "hard" to remove the cap on faith-based admissions to academies – and is hopeful that the Government will revisit the issue.

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2015 14:38

A Catholic primary school in Birmingham closed for a day during term-time so that its staff could attend a pilgrimage to the Vatican.

NSS backs parents allocated Sikh school against their wishes

NSS backs parents allocated Sikh school against their wishes

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:05

The National Secular Society is supporting parents whose children have been allocated a Sikh ethos free school against their wishes.

Failed Orthodox school prioritised “narrow” religious education over reading, maths and science -Ofsted

Failed Orthodox school prioritised “narrow” religious education over reading, maths and science -Ofsted

Posted: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:21

An Independent Jewish faith school has failed all five Ofsted assessment criteria and been branded "inadequate" for its "narrow" focus on religious studies and students' lack of basic skills.

Priest criticises Catholics-only school bus policy for faith school pupils

Priest criticises Catholics-only school bus policy for faith school pupils

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:12

Flintshire Council has come under attack from a priest over its policy of only funding school bus travel to faith schools for pupils who can provide evidence of their religious affiliation.

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:50

Swansea Council is facing a judicial review after deciding to phase-out its subsidy for faith school students to have free transport to school.

Cambridge secularists sever ties with “discriminatory” RE Advisory Council

Cambridge secularists sever ties with “discriminatory” RE Advisory Council

Posted: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 11:46

The Cambridge Secular Society has cut off links with the Cambridgeshire RE council, and will now focus on helping parents withdraw their children from Collective Worship.

Creationism motion gains more support in Scottish Parliament

Creationism motion gains more support in Scottish Parliament

Posted: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:23

Two MSPs have offered formal support for a motion which calls for Scottish children to be made "aware of" creationist teaching.

Durham Free School criticised for emphasis on religion when recruiting staff – teachers branded “crap” by MP

Durham Free School criticised for emphasis on religion when recruiting staff – teachers branded “crap” by MP

Posted: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:06

Durham Free School has been strongly criticised for its emphasis on the religious credentials of staff and the poor quality of teachers.

Faith schools accused of blocking NHS sexual health experts from the classroom

Faith schools accused of blocking NHS sexual health experts from the classroom

Posted: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:13

Faith schools in Blackburn have been accused of stopping the NHS Community Education Sexual Health team (CESH) from speaking with students about sex, relationships and contraception.

Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:50

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has instructed two Jewish faith schools to revise their admissions policies, with one of the schools found to have a policy which amounted to "discrimination on the basis of race."

Government forces local authority to hand over £1 million site to 'Sikh ethos free school'

Government forces local authority to hand over £1 million site to 'Sikh ethos free school'

Posted: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:07

Leeds City Council has been ordered to hand over a former primary school site worth almost £1 million to an enable an undersubscribed Sikh free school to relocate.

Schools Minister writes to Rabbi over advice to avoid science questions at Jewish faith school

Schools Minister writes to Rabbi over advice to avoid science questions at Jewish faith school

Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:59

The Minister for Schools has written to an Orthodox Jewish school, after the NSS raised concerns that the school was advising pupils to not answer exam questions on evolution and human reproduction.

DfE issues new guidance for promoting “fundamental British values”

DfE issues new guidance for promoting “fundamental British values”

Posted: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:25

The Department for Education has published new guidance for schools on the promotion of "fundamental British values".

Religious influence in schools criticised in House of Lords “religion in public life” debate

Religious influence in schools criticised in House of Lords “religion in public life” debate

Posted: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:10

The role of religion in schools has come under scrutiny during a House of Lords debate on the role of religion and belief in public life.

Theresa May announces new measures to curb extremism

Theresa May announces new measures to curb extremism

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:19

The Home Secretary has announced a raft of new measures to prevent extremism, radicalisation and terrorism.