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Turkish mother’s insult at Greek orthodox faith school allocation

Turkish mother’s insult at Greek orthodox faith school allocation

Posted: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:42

A Turkish Cypriot parent from London has branded the offer of a Greek orthodox faith based free school to her son as "wholly unacceptable" and an "insult".

Parents told faith school or no school by local council

Parents told faith school or no school by local council

Posted: Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:02

Eleven children whose parents refused places at a Hindu faith school in the London borough of Redbridge have been left with no school place for September.

Ofsted withdraws 'discriminatory' guidance on inspecting faith schools

Ofsted withdraws 'discriminatory' guidance on inspecting faith schools

Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:43

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.

Ofsted guidance on inspecting faith schools reveals “disturbing capitulation to religious demands”

Ofsted guidance on inspecting faith schools reveals “disturbing capitulation to religious demands”

Posted: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:03

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.

New Anglican schools to operate ‘open admissions’ policies

New Anglican schools to operate ‘open admissions’ policies

Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:59

The Church of England's chief education officer has indicated that new CofE schools will adopt 'open admissions' policy but will still be "rooted in Christian heritage".

Shadow education secretary sets out plans to tackle Islamist infiltration of schools

Shadow education secretary sets out plans to tackle Islamist infiltration of schools

Posted: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:41

The shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, has called for more robust inspections to ensure all schools deliver a "broad and balanced" curriculum.

Faith school allocation “inappropriate”, say parents

Faith school allocation “inappropriate”, say parents

Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 13:32

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.

Catholic school’s admissions policy leaves family in “turmoil”

Catholic school’s admissions policy leaves family in “turmoil”

Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014 13:33

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.

Scottish local authority plans to introduce discriminatory schools admissions policy

Scottish local authority plans to introduce discriminatory schools admissions policy

Posted: Mon, 19 May 2014 16:51

Falkirk Council has announced plans to change admissions policies for all its denominational (Roman Catholic) schools to ensure baptised children are given priority over other children.

Children allocated places at Sikh academy offered alternatives – but faith school allocations continue to cause resentment

Children allocated places at Sikh academy offered alternatives – but faith school allocations continue to cause resentment

Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014 14:38

Parents who were allocated places at a controversial Sikh school against their wishes have all been found alternative places, the local authority has confirmed.

Concerns over religious hardliners inspecting independent 'faith schools'

Concerns over religious hardliners inspecting independent 'faith schools'

Posted: Sun, 11 May 2014 09:13

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.

NSS challenges Archbishop’s remarks over 'faith schools'

NSS challenges Archbishop’s remarks over 'faith schools'

Posted: Sun, 04 May 2014 12:50

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".

MPs call for Catholic schools to be given greater freedoms to discriminate in admissions

MPs call for Catholic schools to be given greater freedoms to discriminate in admissions

Posted: Thu, 01 May 2014 12:38

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.

Church of England School refuses parish council appeal to change faith-based admissions criteria

Church of England School refuses parish council appeal to change faith-based admissions criteria

Posted: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:47

A Church of England school near Sevenoaks, Kent has refused an appeal by the local parish council to end discrimination against non-churchgoers.

NSS welcomes investigation into “extremist schools”

NSS welcomes investigation into “extremist schools”

Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:59

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.

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Posted: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:09

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.

Success! Exam regulator bans censorship of exam questions at faith schools

Success! Exam regulator bans censorship of exam questions at faith schools

Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:30

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.

Al-Madinah free school under scrutiny again

Al-Madinah free school under scrutiny again

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:31

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.

Derbyshire County Council scraps “faith school transport”; Bradford and Northumberland to follow soon?

Derbyshire County Council scraps “faith school transport”; Bradford and Northumberland to follow soon?

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:29

Councillors at Derbyshire County Council have approved a proposal to cut free transport for pupils travelling to religious schools.

Church of England bids to open school on major new housing development

Church of England bids to open school on major new housing development

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:36

The Church of England is bidding to run the first primary school which will be built on a major new housing development in Kettering.