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UN calls on Ireland to recognise needs of non-Christian children in the education system

UN calls on Ireland to recognise needs of non-Christian children in the education system

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:25

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has criticised Ireland in its periodic review, urging the country to protect the rights of non-religious and non-Christian children and families.

‘Catholics-only’ school bus policy to be reviewed

‘Catholics-only’ school bus policy to be reviewed

Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:27

The National Secular Society has welcomed news that a 'discriminatory' school bus policy, which gives Catholic pupils free travel but makes non-Catholics pay, is to be reviewed by Flintshire Council.

Government announces clampdown on complaints about faith school admissions code violations

Government announces clampdown on complaints about faith school admissions code violations

Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:07

The NSS has warned that Government plans to stop secularist campaign groups from challenging the admissions processes of faith schools will enable faith schools to break the admissions code with impunity.

Ultra-Orthodox schools still use corporal punishment, say campaigners

Ultra-Orthodox schools still use corporal punishment, say campaigners

Posted: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:28

A charity and support group for former Ultra-Orthodox Jews has warned the Government that corporal punishment is widely used in unregistered Orthodox schools.

‘Driving ban’ Charedi school criticised by Ofsted after emergency inspection

‘Driving ban’ Charedi school criticised by Ofsted after emergency inspection

Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:58

A school which threatened a 'ban' on mothers driving their children to school has been criticised by Ofsted for failing to sufficiently promote "pupils' safety and well-being."

Ofsted to prepare prosecution cases against staff of unregistered religious schools

Ofsted to prepare prosecution cases against staff of unregistered religious schools

Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:30

Ofsted is preparing prosecution cases against the founders of unregulated religious schools after warning the Government of a "serious and growing threat" to children's safety.

Female governor made to sit “out of sight” of men during school governors’ meetings at Islamic school

Female governor made to sit “out of sight” of men during school governors’ meetings at Islamic school

Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:27

Ofsted has released a damning advice note on the Bridge Schools Inspectorate, revealing shocking failures by independent Muslim and Christian schools.

NSS urges Education Secretary not to force Isle of Wight pupils into faith schools

NSS urges Education Secretary not to force Isle of Wight pupils into faith schools

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:10

The National Secular Society has written to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan objecting to plans to close down a non-religiously designated academy – leaving pupils with no option other than to attend a faith school.

Academy closure will force children into faith schools

Academy closure will force children into faith schools

Posted: Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:08

Parents on the Isle of Wight face being forced to accept places at religious schools for their children after plans were announced to close the only non-denominational primary school in the area.

Orthodox Jewish state school bans TV and the internet from pupils’ homes and tells parents to dress ‘modestly’

Orthodox Jewish state school bans TV and the internet from pupils’ homes and tells parents to dress ‘modestly’

Posted: Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:05

An Orthodox Jewish faith school instructs pupils' parents not to wear bright clothing, to cover their elbows and knees, and to "refrain from following trends which contradict the spirit of modesty."

Last local authority-run school in Blackpool to be taken over by Islamic education group

Last local authority-run school in Blackpool to be taken over by Islamic education group

Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:14

Highfield Humanities College, the last secondary school in Blackpool under local authority control, is to be taken over by the Tauheedul Education Trust (TET).

Muslim school slammed by Ofsted as former pupil says the College was “utterly cruel”

Muslim school slammed by Ofsted as former pupil says the College was “utterly cruel”

Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:20

An independent Muslim girls' school with a "strong emphasis" on Islamic studies has been downgraded to "inadequate" by Ofsted.

NSS calls for new inspection of Islamic school that bans “socialising with outsiders”

NSS calls for new inspection of Islamic school that bans “socialising with outsiders”

Posted: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:07

The National Secular Society has written to the Department for Education and Ofsted calling for a fresh inspection of an Islamic school where pupils are reportedly banned from socialising with "outsiders".

Prime Minister 'blinkered to ignore role faith schools play in segregating communities'

Prime Minister 'blinkered to ignore role faith schools play in segregating communities'

Posted: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:45

Despite criticising "segregated" education, Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the continuation of faith schools in a speech on counter extremism.

Government presses on with new Sikh free school despite council objections

Government presses on with new Sikh free school despite council objections

Posted: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:06

The Government has approved plans for a new Sikh ethos free school in Derby, despite the fact that the City Council has repeatedly stated that there is no need for new primary places.

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:16

New guidelines from the Diocese of Portsmouth say that Catholic schools should promote "chastity" as the "underlying theme" of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).

Demos warns of ethnic segregation in minority faith schools

Demos warns of ethnic segregation in minority faith schools

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:43

Research by the think tank Demos has warned that British schools are "highly segregated" and that "some faith schools effectively exclude other ethnic groups."

Cambridge councillors take stand against new faith schools, call for inclusive education

Cambridge councillors take stand against new faith schools, call for inclusive education

Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:46

Cambridgeshire councillors have lambasted "segregation" caused by faith schools and recommended against building new schools with faith-based admissions.

NSS briefs UN committee on state of children’s rights

NSS briefs UN committee on state of children’s rights

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has warned that faith schools are becoming increasingly divisive and inimical to the realisation of children's rights in a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Academy teaches “abstinence” as contraception and sex education in line with the “Maker’s Instructions”

Academy teaches “abstinence” as contraception and sex education in line with the “Maker’s Instructions”

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:21

A parent has raised serious concerns with the National Secular Society over the strongly religious nature of sex and relationships education at their child's school.