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Anger as non-Catholics forced off the school bus

Anger as non-Catholics forced off the school bus

Posted: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:17

Parents in Flintshire have complained of religious discrimination after it emerged that non-Catholics wouldn't be permitted to use a bus provided by the local authority to a Catholic faith school.

Church school allocation angers non-religious parents

Church school allocation angers non-religious parents

Posted: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:13

Non-religious parents in St Albans have been told by the local authority that the only state education they can offer their children is at a faith school.

Christian group threatens DfE with legal action over school equality standards

Christian group threatens DfE with legal action over school equality standards

Posted: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:51

A Christian lobby group is threatening the Government with a judicial review over its plans to introduce new standards for independent schools aimed at reinforcing equality and fundamental values.

NSS responds to Government consultation on school standards and 'British values'

NSS responds to Government consultation on school standards and 'British values'

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:10

The National Secular Society has backed Government plans to tackle religious extremism in schools by reinforcing principles of equality and fundamental values – but has argued that proposed new standards don't go far enough.

Claim that children's religious freedoms breached by scrapping of free transport to faith schools rejected by secularists

Claim that children's religious freedoms breached by scrapping of free transport to faith schools rejected by secularists

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:53

A Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales has claimed that not providing free transport to faith schools breaches a child's right to manifest a religion.

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.