Education remains the most important battleground for secularists in the UK. And if schools are a microcosm of tomorrow's society, promoters of the secularist cause are about to face a busy and testing few years. This week parents of primary school children in Tunbridge Wells have resisted the spread of evangelism – and been branded "extremists" for raising reasonable concerns. The Government is failing to address faith schools' ability to discriminate when they hire teachers, and more children are attending C of E services during school time.
But last Friday brought a significant piece of positive news: the Court of Appeal ruled that gender segregation at a state-funded Islamic school was unlawful sex discrimination. We hope this will give policy makers and Ofsted inspectors confidence that society will support them when they stand up to attempts to introduce intolerant practices into our children's schools under the guise of religion.