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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.

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Faith school allocation may infringe human rights

Posted: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:09

Non-religious and Christian parents who have been allocated places for their children at a Sikh free school have argued that their right to educate their children according to their beliefs is being infringed.

Success! Exam regulator bans censorship of exam questions at faith schools

Success! Exam regulator bans censorship of exam questions at faith schools

Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:30

Faith schools will no longer be allowed to redact questions about evolution and reproduction from science exam papers on grounds of religious sensitivity, and any attempt to do so will be treated as "malpractice" the exam regulator has said.

Al-Madinah free school under scrutiny again

Al-Madinah free school under scrutiny again

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:31

The education watchdog Ofsted will pay a further monitoring visit to the controversial Al-Madinah Muslim School in Derby. Inspectors want to find out if there have been any improvements since the school hit the headlines last October over accusations of extremism and mismanagement.

Derbyshire County Council scraps “faith school transport”; Bradford and Northumberland to follow soon?

Derbyshire County Council scraps “faith school transport”; Bradford and Northumberland to follow soon?

Posted: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:29

Councillors at Derbyshire County Council have approved a proposal to cut free transport for pupils travelling to religious schools.

Church of England bids to open school on major new housing development

Church of England bids to open school on major new housing development

Posted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:36

The Church of England is bidding to run the first primary school which will be built on a major new housing development in Kettering.

Government response to exam censorship neglects children's independent interests, says the NSS

Government response to exam censorship neglects children's independent interests, says the NSS

Posted: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:35

The National Secular Society has accused the Government of neglecting the best interests of children after it refused to intervene following the revelations that some faith schools have been blacking out questions on exam papers, depriving pupils of the ability to score the maximum marks.

Muslim state schools ordered not to discriminate on the basis of gender

Muslim state schools ordered not to discriminate on the basis of gender

Posted: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:35

Following concerns raised by the National Secular Society, three Muslim state schools have been told not to discriminate against job applicants on the basis of gender.

Government complicit in redaction of exam questions

Government complicit in redaction of exam questions

Posted: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 23:19

The National Secular Society has discovered that exam boards, the exam regulator and the government have been colluding with faith schools to shield pupils from key scientific concepts.

Concerns raised over sex discrimination against teachers in Muslim schools

Concerns raised over sex discrimination against teachers in Muslim schools

Posted: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:34

The National Secular Society has warned that the proliferation of religious schools could be opening the door to gender discrimination in the employment of teachers.

Study reveals teens' views on faith and Religious Education

Study reveals teens' views on faith and Religious Education

Posted: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:27

Young people in multi-faith areas favour multi-faith over single-faith schools. They also value religious education but want to see changes in its content and delivery.

Cornwall consults on scrapping free transport to religious schools

Cornwall consults on scrapping free transport to religious schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:35

Cornwall County Council is under fire for considering the removal of subsidies for transport of pupils to religious schools.

Britain’s first state-funded Hindu school plans large-scale expansion

Britain’s first state-funded Hindu school plans large-scale expansion

Posted: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:42

Britain's only state-funded Hindu school, located in Harrow Middlesex, is planning a large-scale expansion which will make it one of the largest "faith schools" in the country.

Church takeover of community school blocked by local authority

Church takeover of community school blocked by local authority

Posted: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:56

Plans to convert a Suffolk community school to a Church of England voluntary aided school have been blocked by Suffolk County Council after a consultation process failed to demonstrate sufficient demand for a school with a religious character.

Educate Together to open first UK school

Educate Together to open first UK school

Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:07

The Irish-based educational charity Educate Together has announced it is to set up an Academy Trust to run a new primary school to be opened in Bristol in September 2014.

NSS intervenes in bid to prevent Church takeover of Suffolk community school

NSS intervenes in bid to prevent Church takeover of Suffolk community school

Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:55

The National Secular Society is assisting local parents to block a proposal to convert a Suffolk community school to a Church of England school.

New research reveals socio-economic segregation impact of faith schools

New research reveals socio-economic segregation impact of faith schools

Posted: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:16

New research published by the Fair Admissions Campaign has highlighted the extent to which faith-based admissions policies create socio-economic segregation.

Report says governors at “chaotic” Muslim free school have been told to resign or school will be closed

Report says governors at “chaotic” Muslim free school have been told to resign or school will be closed

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:26

The Derby Telegraph is reporting that the governors at the Al-Madinah Muslim free school have been told to step down and let another sponsor take over or the school will be closed.

Deadline approaches for changes at Al-Madinah school

Deadline approaches for changes at Al-Madinah school

Posted: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:55

The Al-Madinah free school in Derby will be told this week that it must replace its board of governors or have its state funding removed.

Welsh churches protest over proposals to cut transport to faith schools

Welsh churches protest over proposals to cut transport to faith schools

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:59

Despite the fact that Wales is being particularly badly affected by the current economic downturn, churches in the country are demanding that subsidies for transport of children to faith schools remain untouched.