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Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:41

Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that leaders in some independent Islamic schools are continuing to undermine British values, after inspectors found more evidence of gender segregation.

Academisation plans risk increasing religious influence in schools, warns NSS

Academisation plans risk increasing religious influence in schools, warns NSS

Posted: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:48

The NSS has warned that Government plans to convert all schools in England into academies could increase the level of religious influence and see the CofE gaining control of non-faith-based schools.

Cross-party call by MPs for more inclusive faith school admissions

Cross-party call by MPs for more inclusive faith school admissions

Posted: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:59

A cross-party group of MPs has called on the Government to make faith school admissions more inclusive and bolster social cohesion.

Faith schools selecting pupils from more affluent backgrounds

Faith schools selecting pupils from more affluent backgrounds

Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:23

A new report by the Sutton Trust has revealed how the most socially selective schools are likely to be faith schools using oversubscription criteria to select disproportionately wealthy pupils.

NSS urges schools commissioner to reject church plan to control community schools

NSS urges schools commissioner to reject church plan to control community schools

Posted: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:25

The National Secular Society has called on the Regional Schools Commissioner for the North of England to oppose plans for a Church of England takeover of four Newcastle schools.

Faith school transport subsidies set to be axed by Lancashire Council

Faith school transport subsidies set to be axed by Lancashire Council

Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:13

Lancashire County Council has come under fire from the Church of England over plans to remove transport subsidies for children attending faith schools.

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Four Newcastle schools facing Church of England takeover

Posted: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:16

Four non-religious schools are to be merged with a CofE primary under a single academy trust controlled by the Church of England, in a move described as a "takeover".

“Denial” in Bradford Council over illegal religious schools

“Denial” in Bradford Council over illegal religious schools

Posted: Fri, 04 Mar 2016 11:40

Naz Shah MP has told Bradford Council that they are in "denial" over unregistered religious schools that are operating illegally.

Religion-based Scottish education system needs to adapt to social change, say academics

Religion-based Scottish education system needs to adapt to social change, say academics

Posted: Tue, 01 Mar 2016 15:47

A report into the influence of religion in Scottish law has said that Scotland's education system is out-of-step with society, despite progress in other areas in establishing rights for the non-religious.

Church stresses “urgent need” to focus evangelism on children, young people and their parents

Church stresses “urgent need” to focus evangelism on children, young people and their parents

Posted: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:19

The NSS has warned that publicly funded schools shouldn't be used for evangelism after a report from the Church of England stressed an "urgent need to focus on children, young people and their parents".

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."