Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014
Ofsted has told the National Secular Society that it is updating its guidance on inspecting 'faith schools' following criticism that it endorsed gender segregation in lessons.
Posted: Thu, 12 Jun 2014
The NSS has accused Ofsted of "capitulating to oppressive religious demands" after the schools regulator told inspectors that gender segregation in faith schools should not be taken as a sign of inequality.
Role of religion in schools under scrutiny as Ofsted reveal extent of fundamentalism in Birmingham schools
Posted: Mon, 09 Jun 2014
The role of religion in schools has come under scrutiny following Ofsted's finding that "a culture of fear and intimidation has developed" in those Birmingham schools caught up in the "Trojan Horse" controversy.
NSS calls for statutory sex and relationship education in all schools, including those with faith-based ethos
Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014
The National Secular Society has called for age appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) to be made a statutory part of the national curriculum.
Posted: Mon, 02 Jun 2014
The shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, has called for more robust inspections to ensure all schools deliver a "broad and balanced" curriculum.
Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014
Families of children allocated places at Hindu faith school in the London Borough of Redbridge plan to appeal the decision, saying the school's religious ethos is at odds with their own beliefs and values.
Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014
Parents of a child refused a place at a state funded Catholic school have criticised the school over its admissions criteria, and say the school's policy of giving preferential treatment to worshippers has left their lives in turmoil.
Posted: Sun, 11 May 2014
The National Secular Society has expressed concern that inspectors with extremist views are working for the body responsible for inspecting Muslims and Christian independent schools.
Posted: Sun, 04 May 2014
The National Secular Society has challenged the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, over his comments that Britain is a "deeply Christian country" and that church schools are "a very good use of social capital".
Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014
A number of Conservative MPs have called on the Government to scrap the 50% cap on faith based admissions to free schools, to give Catholic schools greater freedoms to discriminate on religious grounds.
Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014
A Catholic 'faith school' in Wales has withdrawn a job offer from a potential new headteacher because he failed to live up to their idea of Catholic morality.
Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014
The National Secular Society has welcomed reports that Ofsted inspectors are to be sent to schools amid concerns that children are being radicalised and exposed to extremist ideologies.
Posted: Sun, 06 Apr 2014
Non-religious and Christian parents who have been allocated places for their children at a Sikh free school have argued that their right to educate their children according to their beliefs is being infringed.
Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2014
Faith schools will no longer be allowed to redact questions about evolution and reproduction from science exam papers on grounds of religious sensitivity, and any attempt to do so will be treated as "malpractice" the exam regulator has said.
Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014
The education watchdog Ofsted will pay a further monitoring visit to the controversial Al-Madinah Muslim School in Derby. Inspectors want to find out if there have been any improvements since the school hit the headlines last October over accusations of extremism and mismanagement.
Posted: Thu, 20 Mar 2014
A parliamentary group has published a report saying that Religious Education in schools can help counter extremism and build better community relations.
Posted: Tue, 11 Mar 2014
The National Secular Society has accused the Government of neglecting the best interests of children after it refused to intervene following the revelations that some faith schools have been blacking out questions on exam papers, depriving pupils of the ability to score the maximum marks.
Posted: Fri, 07 Mar 2014
Following concerns raised by the National Secular Society, three Muslim state schools have been told not to discriminate against job applicants on the basis of gender.
Posted: Mon, 03 Mar 2014
The Sunday Times this week reported an alleged plot by Islamist fundamentalists in Birmingham to take over state schools and use them as centres of "Islamic education."
Posted: Sat, 01 Mar 2014
The National Secular Society has discovered that exam boards, the exam regulator and the government have been colluding with faith schools to shield pupils from key scientific concepts.