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Newsline 26 September 2013

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Education, not the veil, must come first in schools

Education, not the veil, must come first in schools

Opinion | Thu, 25 Sep 2014

Maajid Nawaz argues that a London girls' school is right to ban the Niqab on educational grounds

A contested subject: religious education and faith schools

A contested subject: religious education and faith schools

Opinion | Tue, 23 Sep 2014

Reports of a Cabinet row over plans to require faith schools to teach more than one religion at GCSE level show that even baby steps towards greater objectivity in religious education will face fierce opposition, argues Alastair Lichten.

Sixth formers: You have the right to withdraw!

Sixth formers: You have the right to withdraw!

Opinion | Fri, 26 Sep 2014

Sixth form pupils can excuse themselves from acts of worship – but it appears some schools aren't so keen on recognising their students' rights to religious freedom.

Widespread socio-economic segregation caused by religiously selective admissions revealed

Widespread socio-economic segregation caused by religiously selective admissions revealed

The Fair Admissions Campaign (FAC) has revealed startling new insight about the extent to which selection by faith leads to greater socio-economic segregation in England's state funded school system.

Teaching religion in schools: should five-year-olds be taught to 'thank God for nature'?

Teaching religion in schools: should five-year-olds be taught to 'thank God for nature'?

This term, the children in Year One of our local primary school will be spending their weekly RE lessons 'thanking God for nature'. So says a letter that was sent home to parents at the beginning of this term.

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