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Fears that faith-based admissions criteria are infiltrating community schools through feeder schools

Fears that faith-based admissions criteria are infiltrating community schools through feeder schools

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013

Concerns have been raised that faith based admissions criteria are being indirectly applied to community schools when 'faith' schools become feeder schools.

Majority want secular state schooling – while RE declines

Majority want secular state schooling – while RE declines

Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2013

The majority of British people want state-funded schools to be secular, a recent YouGov poll has revealed.

NSS question Catholic Church's new restrictions on teachers

NSS question Catholic Church's new restrictions on teachers

Posted: Sat, 26 Jan 2013

The National Secular Society has condemned a new booklet issued by the Catholic Church in England and Wales warning teachers and governors at Catholic schools that they risk dismissal if they enter a relationship that is not approved by the Church.

We want secular schools in Dublin, say parents

We want secular schools in Dublin, say parents

Posted: Thu, 24 Jan 2013

Pressure is building on the Irish Education minister to establish a multi-denominational school in Dublin under the Educate Together banner. Educate Together promises that "No child is separated because of his or her religion or belief system" in any of their schools.

European Commission to investigate complaints concerning employment discrimination in ‘faith’ schools

European Commission to investigate complaints concerning employment discrimination in ‘faith’ schools

Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013

The European Commission is to investigate complaints submitted by the National Secular Society concerning whether UK legislation relating to state funded 'faith' schools breaches European employment laws in relation to discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

Government ordered to disclose details of free school applicants

Government ordered to disclose details of free school applicants

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013

A tribunal has ruled that the Department for Education (DfE) must publish the names, location and religious affiliation, if any, of all organisations that apply to open free schools.

Sheffield Council latest to axe free travel to religious schools

Sheffield Council latest to axe free travel to religious schools

Posted: Mon, 17 Dec 2012

Sheffield City Council is the latest to scrap free transport for children attending religious schools.

If you can’t prove you’re a Christian, get off the school bus

If you can’t prove you’re a Christian, get off the school bus

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012

Flintshire County Council is proposing to restrict subsidised school transport to religious schools to those pupils who can prove that they are of the religion that the school espouses.

Irish atheist pupil who was forced to pray claims human rights violation

Irish atheist pupil who was forced to pray claims human rights violation

Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2012

A young Irish atheist has made an official complaint after his school forced him to attend a multi-denominational prayer service.

Michael Gove wants to intervene in legal challenge to Catholic school

Michael Gove wants to intervene in legal challenge to Catholic school

Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012

Education Secretary Michael Gove has applied to intervene in a judicial review considering the legality of a new Catholic school proposed for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Council promises to review its “apartheid-style” school transport policy

Council promises to review its “apartheid-style” school transport policy

Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012

Northumberland Country Council has agreed to reconsider its policy of segregating children by religion on its school buses.

Parents object to school bus ‘apartheid’ in Northumberland

Parents object to school bus ‘apartheid’ in Northumberland

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012

Northumberland County Council has introduced a new policy for school buses in which Catholic children get a free (and separate) bus to the local Catholic schools while non-Catholics attending the same schools have to pay (and go on another bus).

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.