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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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".