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Ofsted head criticises segregation as Islamic school is taken over

Ofsted head criticises segregation as Islamic school is taken over

Posted: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:31

The chief inspector of the schools inspectorate Ofsted has spoken out against gender segregation in mixed-sex schools.

Scottish government plans to roll back religious influence over education

Scottish government plans to roll back religious influence over education

Posted: Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:21

The Scottish government is planning to curtail the influence of religious leaders over state education.

Sex education: schools’ religious ethos may ‘limit’ pupils’ knowledge of LGBT facts and contraception

Sex education: schools’ religious ethos may ‘limit’ pupils’ knowledge of LGBT facts and contraception

Posted: Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:15

More than 50 faith leaders have warned that schools' ability to teach relationships and sex education (RSE) through a faith ethos could undermine its accuracy and inclusivity.

Women’s groups back appeal on gender segregation in schools

Women’s groups back appeal on gender segregation in schools

Posted: Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:54

The schools inspectorate Ofsted is to appeal against a ruling on gender segregation in a landmark case at the Court of Appeal next week.

Single-religion schools and compulsory worship banned, South African court rules

Single-religion schools and compulsory worship banned, South African court rules

Posted: Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:37

Schools may not teach one religion at the expense of others or hold compulsory religious observances, a court in South Africa has ruled.

Ofsted boss commits to tackling illegal schools

Ofsted boss commits to tackling illegal schools

Posted: Mon, 03 Jul 2017 16:47

The National Secular Society has welcomed a commitment by OFSTED's chief inspector to protect children in unregistered faith schools.

Welsh AMs to probe whether collective worship is compliant with human rights law

Welsh AMs to probe whether collective worship is compliant with human rights law

Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:09

Two Welsh school students who launched a petition demanding the removal of the obligation on state schools to hold acts of worship have won support from a committee of AMs.

NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

Posted: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:04

The NSS has called for Ofsted to inspect RE in faith schools after research revealed that millions of pounds of public money has been paid to religious organisations to carry out additional inspections of denominational RE.

Catholic Church backs down on ‘faith certificates’ for pupils

Catholic Church backs down on ‘faith certificates’ for pupils

Posted: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:12

The Catholic Church has dropped plans to take the Government to court in order to give priests the right to arbitrarily determine whether pupils are eligible for a school place on the basis of faith.

Church to gain influence over nine secular schools in Northumberland

Church to gain influence over nine secular schools in Northumberland

Posted: Wed, 31 May 2017 16:55

Concerns have been raised over plans for nine community schools in Northumberland to join with one CofE faith school to form a new mixed multi academy trust with a majority of church appointed members.

New poll finds huge opposition to Government’s plans for more discriminatory faith schools

New poll finds huge opposition to Government’s plans for more discriminatory faith schools

Posted: Tue, 30 May 2017 14:16

Government plans to allow new faith schools to discriminate on religious grounds by selecting all of their pupils on the basis of faith have attracted mass public opposition, a poll has found.

Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

Four religious representatives appointed to Hebrides education committee

Posted: Thu, 18 May 2017 15:38

The Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the local authority for the Hebrides, has appointed four religious figures to its education committee, as it is required to do by law.

Scripture Union providing courses on abstinence in Isle of Man sex education classes

Scripture Union providing courses on abstinence in Isle of Man sex education classes

Posted: Tue, 09 May 2017 09:22

The Isle of Man's education minister has defended allowing an evangelical Christian group to deliver abstinence-based sex education to Year 10 pupils.

NZ secularists file human rights case over religious education in schools

NZ secularists file human rights case over religious education in schools

Posted: Thu, 04 May 2017 16:22

The New Zealand Secular Education Network (SEN) has mounted a challenge over "religious bias" in the way the country's schools teach about religion.

Taxpayer-funded Catholic schools should only be for Catholics, says Archbishop of Liverpool

Taxpayer-funded Catholic schools should only be for Catholics, says Archbishop of Liverpool

Posted: Thu, 04 May 2017 11:24

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon has said that Catholic schools "are different" and "for the Catholic community", despite their being funded by all taxpayers.

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

Posted: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:43

The National Secular Society has said that Religious Education must be fundamentally reformed before the existing right to withdraw children from RE can be removed.

Welsh students launch petition against collective worship

Welsh students launch petition against collective worship

Posted: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:34

Two Welsh school students have launched a petition calling on Welsh Assembly Members to end the obligation on schools to hold collective worship.

New faith schools announced in latest round of free schools

New faith schools announced in latest round of free schools

Posted: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:21

A number of new faith schools have been approved to open by the Department for Education (DfE) in the twelfth wave of free schools applications.

Salafi school pulls “male only” job advert

Salafi school pulls “male only” job advert

Posted: Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:07

An independent Islamic school in Birmingham has been forced to withdraw an advert for a "male science & Islamic Studies" teacher.

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

Posted: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:08

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research has found that there is "no evidence" to suggest Scotland's denominational schools achieve better results than their non-denominational counterparts.