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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.

Secularists call for citizenship studies to include stronger focus on human rights

Secularists call for citizenship studies to include stronger focus on human rights

Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:08

The National Secular Society has called for pupils taking GCSE citizenship studies to be educated about the relationship between equality, human rights and equal citizenship.

Ofsted reveals “serious risk” to students’ physical and educational welfare in faith schools

Ofsted reveals “serious risk” to students’ physical and educational welfare in faith schools

Posted: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:15

A series of Ofsted investigations have exposed serious failings in six Islamic schools. The head of Ofsted, has warned the Education Secretary that pupils "may be vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation."

Promotion of 'British values' undermines Christian teaching, says Church of England: NSS responds

Promotion of 'British values' undermines Christian teaching, says Church of England: NSS responds

Posted: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:05

The Church of England has complained that the promotion of fundamental values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance in schools could undermine Christian teaching.

NSS alert Ofsted after Jewish faith school tells pupils not to answer exam questions that conflict with school’s religious ethos

NSS alert Ofsted after Jewish faith school tells pupils not to answer exam questions that conflict with school’s religious ethos

Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:56

The National Secular Society has called on Ofsted and the DfE to ensure that all schools teach the National Curriculum in full after the head of a publicly funded Jewish faith school admitted to advising students not to answer exam questions which conflict with the school's strict Orthodox religious beliefs.

“Learning Jihad”: new report on campus extremism has launch event cancelled by the University of West London

“Learning Jihad”: new report on campus extremism has launch event cancelled by the University of West London

Posted: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:30

A new report from Sharia Watch UK has revealed the reach of Islamist speakers and the dangers of censorship on university campuses. The report's launch event has been cancelled by the University of West London.

Niger removes sex education from schools after condemnation from Islamic clerics

Niger removes sex education from schools after condemnation from Islamic clerics

Posted: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:54

UN-designed sex education material has been withdrawn from the Niger schools syllabus after condemnation from Islamic clerics.

National Secular Society welcomes call for faith schools to face Ofsted inspections of their religious teaching

National Secular Society welcomes call for faith schools to face Ofsted inspections of their religious teaching

Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:00

The National Secular Society has welcomed calls from Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt for religious teaching in faith schools to be inspected by Ofsted.

NSS calls on Welsh Government to review compulsory collective worship

NSS calls on Welsh Government to review compulsory collective worship

Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:40

The National Secular Society has called on the Welsh government to review the legal requirement on schools to provide worship after parents expressed concern about prayers being imposed on children in non-denominational schools.

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

European Commission dismisses NSS complaint over employment discrimination in faith schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:03

The European Commission has announced it will take no further action after investigating complaints, submitted by the National Secular Society, regarding UK state funded 'faith schools' legislation and European employment laws.

Tory MP calls for all sex education to be scrapped

Tory MP calls for all sex education to be scrapped

Posted: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:08

During a debate introducing the Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) Bill to parliament this week, Conservative MP Philip Davies blamed "sex education fanatics" for a rise in unwanted pregnancies since the 1970s, and called for "less sex education, or even better, none".

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:06

A school placed in special measures following the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' affair has received 100 letters from parents requesting that their children be withdrawn from collective worship, it has emerged.

Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish pupils

Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish pupils

Posted: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:36

Ofsted has denied claims that it acted inappropriately after an association of Orthodox schools accused it of leaving young girls "traumatised" following a school inspection.

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:58

Liberal Democrats have voted in support of a motion to abolish compulsory worship in schools and to end religious discrimination against teachers in faith schools.

Tower Hamlets denies 'Trojan Horse 2' claims

Tower Hamlets denies 'Trojan Horse 2' claims

Posted: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:56

Tower Hamlets has denied newspaper claims that a Trojan Horse '2' is soon to be uncovered in the East London Borough.