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Request that teachers at Catholic schools make “declaration of faith” is McCarthyite and threatening, says NSS

Request that teachers at Catholic schools make “declaration of faith” is McCarthyite and threatening, says NSS

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012

A request that teachers at Catholic schools in the diocese of Lancaster make a "public profession of their faith" has been condemned as discriminatory and McCarthyite by the National Secular Society.

Catholic Church doesn’t want to share its free schools with non-Catholics

Catholic Church doesn’t want to share its free schools with non-Catholics

Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has been told by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that it will not be permitted to exceed the number of places reserved for Catholic pupils at Catholic Free Schools beyond the 50% that is permitted at present.

Christian group targets schools with frightening and dubious anti-abortion message

Christian group targets schools with frightening and dubious anti-abortion message

Posted: Fri, 27 Jul 2012

A Christian group has been touring schools in Sussex telling children frightening untruths about the supposed consequences of abortion.

Victory for community school fighting merger with church school

Victory for community school fighting merger with church school

Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Parents and teachers at a school in Dagenham who campaigned against its closure and amalgamation with a church school have won a victory after the local council announced that the school will remain open as a community school.

Parents, teachers and governors ignored as council hands community school to church

Parents, teachers and governors ignored as council hands community school to church

Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012

Barking and Dagenham Council has agreed to the controversial amalgamation of a community school in Dagenham with a neighbouring Church of England voluntary aided Junior School.

Teachers in Dagenham to strike over ‘faith school’ plans

Teachers in Dagenham to strike over ‘faith school’ plans

Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2012

Teachers at a community school threatened with amalgamation with a religious school are to stage a one day strike in protest over the plans.

Catholic Education Service rebuked for blurring distinction between faith and politics in schools

Catholic Education Service rebuked for blurring distinction between faith and politics in schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Jun 2012

The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has written to the Catholic Education Service (CES) to express concern that it has blurred the distinction between discussing matters of faith and promoting partisan political views.

Government proposes to force private schools to promote “British values” as a means of combating extremism

Government proposes to force private schools to promote “British values” as a means of combating extremism

Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012

The Department of Education is consulting on new rules for private schools that seek to ensure they promote 'British values' and discourage extremism.

No justification for subsidising ‘faith school’ transport

No justification for subsidising ‘faith school’ transport

Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012

After a fourteen month debate and consultation, the decision by Cheshire East Council to scrap transport subsidies for pupils attending 'faith schools' has been – predictably - condemned by the Catholic Church.

Richmond Council approves Catholic school plan

Richmond Council approves Catholic school plan

Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames last week approved a plan to open a new Catholic school in the borough, despite spirited opposition from community groups and parents who fear that religious selection will bring discrimination against non-Catholic children.

Wakefield latest council to propose cutting faith school transport subsidies

Wakefield latest council to propose cutting faith school transport subsidies

Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012

Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire is considering scrapping free transport for pupils attending "faith schools" in the town.

Norwegian government turns down request for humanist school

Norwegian government turns down request for humanist school

Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012

Norway's Ministry of Education has declined an application for a private school to be run according to humanist ideology.

Although sectarianism is still rife, Northern Ireland’s teenagers are gradually breaking down religious barriers

Although sectarianism is still rife, Northern Ireland’s teenagers are gradually breaking down religious barriers

Posted: Tue, 22 May 2012

A survey of Northern Ireland's teenagers shows that religious and ethnic barriers are being gradually broken down, but another survey in the workplace shows that there is still a long way to go as sectarianism there is still rife.

Has Michael Gove already made up his mind about Catholic political agitation in state schools?

Has Michael Gove already made up his mind about Catholic political agitation in state schools?

Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012

Damian Thompson, high profile Catholic and editor of the Daily Telegraph's blog section, accidentally tweeted over the weekend that he was told it would be OK for Catholic schools to oppose same-sex marriage at a dinner party attended by Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Faith school transport subsidies under scrutiny

Faith school transport subsidies under scrutiny

Posted: Fri, 11 May 2012

Cheshire East is the latest council to axe free or subsidised transport to faith schools. The council took the decision despite fierce opposition from Catholic families who said they were being 'discriminated' against.

Welsh Minister says Catholic schools may be breaking the law by opposing gay marriage

Welsh Minister says Catholic schools may be breaking the law by opposing gay marriage

Posted: Wed, 09 May 2012

The Welsh Government has written to Catholic schools in Wales to warn them that they may be breaking the law in encouraging pupils to oppose equal marriage for LGBT people.

Community and church school amalgamation plans criticised by secularists

Community and church school amalgamation plans criticised by secularists

Posted: Mon, 30 Apr 2012

The National Secular Society has challenged a London council over its failure to consult properly about proposals to close a community school in order to amalgamate it with a Church school.

Michael Gove to investigate Catholic schools’ anti-gay petition

Michael Gove to investigate Catholic schools’ anti-gay petition

Posted: Sun, 29 Apr 2012

The Department for Education has announced that it will investigate complaints that rules were breached when Catholic schools were asked to encourage their pupils to sign a national petition against gay marriage.

Catholic Education Service is abusing its authority in state schools

Catholic Education Service is abusing its authority in state schools

Posted: Wed, 25 Apr 2012

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has been accused of abusing its authority by contacting Catholic schools asking them to tell pupils about a political campaign against equal marriage legislation for LGBT people.

Irish bishops want religious education staying under their control

Irish bishops want religious education staying under their control

Posted: Fri, 13 Apr 2012

The Irish government is about to start the process of taking some schools out of the control of the Catholic Church faces a clash with bishops over the proposed scrapping of an old primary school rule which states that religion should underpin every aspect of daily school life.