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72% support council’s bid to cut free travel subsidy for faith schools

72% support council’s bid to cut free travel subsidy for faith schools

Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 13:45

Kirklees Council is considering ending free travel to faith schools in a bid to cut out unnecessary expenditure. The move has widespread local support, with 72% of 926 consultation responses in support of the measure.

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

Posted: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:22

A judge has ruled that the state is not obliged to subsidise transportation to and from faith schools, despite ruling in favour of a Catholic school in a case over subsidised school transport.

LibDem leadership contender calls for secular state

LibDem leadership contender calls for secular state

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00

Tim Farron, one of two candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, has called for the Church of England to be disestablished and has also expressed his opposition to faith schools.

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 12:57

The NSS has urged the Government to resist regressive demands to allow more discrimination in faith schools after it emerged the Catholic Education Service is lobbying "hard" to remove the cap on faith-based admissions to academies – and is hopeful that the Government will revisit the issue.

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2015 14:38

A Catholic primary school in Birmingham closed for a day during term-time so that its staff could attend a pilgrimage to the Vatican.

NSS backs parents allocated Sikh school against their wishes

NSS backs parents allocated Sikh school against their wishes

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:05

The National Secular Society is supporting parents whose children have been allocated a Sikh ethos free school against their wishes.

Failed Orthodox school prioritised “narrow” religious education over reading, maths and science -Ofsted

Failed Orthodox school prioritised “narrow” religious education over reading, maths and science -Ofsted

Posted: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:21

An Independent Jewish faith school has failed all five Ofsted assessment criteria and been branded "inadequate" for its "narrow" focus on religious studies and students' lack of basic skills.

Educate Together describes religious monopoly over Irish schools as “shocking”

Educate Together describes religious monopoly over Irish schools as “shocking”

Posted: Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:44

Educate Together, the independent NGO that runs non-faith schools in Ireland, has warned of the "shocking" control of religious groups over Irish education.

Priest criticises Catholics-only school bus policy for faith school pupils

Priest criticises Catholics-only school bus policy for faith school pupils

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:12

Flintshire Council has come under attack from a priest over its policy of only funding school bus travel to faith schools for pupils who can provide evidence of their religious affiliation.

Social Integration Commission calls for limits on new faith schools

Social Integration Commission calls for limits on new faith schools

Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:02

A new report by the Social Integration Commission has warned of segregation in Britain and called on the Department for Education to place limits on new faith schools.

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:50

Swansea Council is facing a judicial review after deciding to phase-out its subsidy for faith school students to have free transport to school.

Durham Free School criticised for emphasis on religion when recruiting staff – teachers branded “crap” by MP

Durham Free School criticised for emphasis on religion when recruiting staff – teachers branded “crap” by MP

Posted: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:06

Durham Free School has been strongly criticised for its emphasis on the religious credentials of staff and the poor quality of teachers.

BBC Trust upholds NSS complaint over conflation of race and religion

BBC Trust upholds NSS complaint over conflation of race and religion

Posted: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:12

The NSS has welcomed a ruling from the BBC Trust, upholding a complaint over how the BBC framed a story about the allocation of places at a Sikh faith school as a 'race issue.'

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".

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.