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NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

NSS calls for end to state funded ‘religiosity inspections’ in schools

Posted: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:04

The NSS has called for Ofsted to inspect RE in faith schools after research revealed that millions of pounds of public money has been paid to religious organisations to carry out additional inspections of denominational RE.

Catholic Church backs down on ‘faith certificates’ for pupils

Catholic Church backs down on ‘faith certificates’ for pupils

Posted: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:12

The Catholic Church has dropped plans to take the Government to court in order to give priests the right to arbitrarily determine whether pupils are eligible for a school place on the basis of faith.

New poll finds huge opposition to Government’s plans for more discriminatory faith schools

New poll finds huge opposition to Government’s plans for more discriminatory faith schools

Posted: Tue, 30 May 2017 14:16

Government plans to allow new faith schools to discriminate on religious grounds by selecting all of their pupils on the basis of faith have attracted mass public opposition, a poll has found.

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

NSS rejects Church’s call for end to RE right to withdraw, without meaningful reform

Posted: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:43

The National Secular Society has said that Religious Education must be fundamentally reformed before the existing right to withdraw children from RE can be removed.

New faith schools announced in latest round of free schools

New faith schools announced in latest round of free schools

Posted: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:21

A number of new faith schools have been approved to open by the Department for Education (DfE) in the twelfth wave of free schools applications.

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

“No evidence” that denominational schools are academically superior, study finds

Posted: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:08

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research has found that there is "no evidence" to suggest Scotland's denominational schools achieve better results than their non-denominational counterparts.

Sadiq Khan: Imperative that pupils from different backgrounds mix at school

Sadiq Khan: Imperative that pupils from different backgrounds mix at school

Posted: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:06

Sadiq Khan has hit out at the Government's plans to allow total religiously-selective admissions in new free schools with a faith ethos.

Report confirms deep ethnic divisions in English faith schools

Report confirms deep ethnic divisions in English faith schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:55

A new report, Understanding school segregation in England, has set out the extent of ethnic and religious division in England's schools.

“Unacceptable” for Ultra-Orthodox faith schools to shun children with transgender parents, says DfE

“Unacceptable” for Ultra-Orthodox faith schools to shun children with transgender parents, says DfE

Posted: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:36

The Department for Education is to investigate faith schools implicated in the ostracisation of children of transgender parents highlighted by a recent family court ruling.

Keep education and religion separate to boost science attainment, study suggests

Keep education and religion separate to boost science attainment, study suggests

Posted: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:06

A study by academics at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Missouri has found a strong "negative correlation" between time spent on religion in schools, and maths and science achievement.

LibDems back phasing out religious discrimination in school admissions

LibDems back phasing out religious discrimination in school admissions

Posted: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:53

The LibDems have backed a series of reforms to the role of religion in the UK education system, in a motion approved at the Party's Spring Conference.

Christian group warns of “hidden dangers” in challenging homophobia

Christian group warns of “hidden dangers” in challenging homophobia

Posted: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:41

A fundamentalist group which provides support to Accelerated Christian Education schools in the UK is hosting a discussion on the "dangers" of government efforts to tackle homophobic bullying.

MP calls for Scotland to embrace a secular education system

MP calls for Scotland to embrace a secular education system

Posted: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:14

Tommy Sheppard MP has called for Scotland to move towards a secular education system and expressed his hope that secularist campaigners can "chip away" at religion's role in state schools.

Commons passes ‘mandatory’ sex education, but includes religious opt outs

Commons passes ‘mandatory’ sex education, but includes religious opt outs

Posted: Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:33

The passage of an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill means that Relationships and Sex Education will become mandatory in all schools in England.

Sex education reforms: faith schools to keep special exemptions

Sex education reforms: faith schools to keep special exemptions

Posted: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:15

The National Secular Society has welcomed moves to make sex and relationship education statutory, but urged the Government to rethink de facto exemptions for faith schools.

Fresh ‘Trojan Horse’ claims plague Oldham schools

Fresh ‘Trojan Horse’ claims plague Oldham schools

Posted: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:16

The Sunday Times has reported on allegations of two new cases of attempts to foist a strict Islamic ethos on non-religious state schools.

Hackney launches consultation on unregistered schools

Hackney launches consultation on unregistered schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:07

Hackney has launched a consultation into the safety of pupils and the quality of education in unregistered schools following scrutiny from the NSS and critical media reports.

Success! Gwynedd Council rethinks plan to impose church school on community

Success! Gwynedd Council rethinks plan to impose church school on community

Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:59

Plans for a new 'super school' in Bala to have a religious designation have been shelved following widespread opposition to the proposal.

Liam Neeson backs integrated education in Northern Ireland

Liam Neeson backs integrated education in Northern Ireland

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:00

Actor Liam Neeson has released a video message calling for more integrated schools in Northern Ireland.

Non-religious parents will be disadvantaged by new faith school, NSS tells Council

Non-religious parents will be disadvantaged by new faith school, NSS tells Council

Posted: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:31

The NSS has warned Powys Council that significant numbers of non-religious parents and young people will be disadvantaged under plans to replace existing schools with a faith school.