Plans to merge four Catholic secondary schools in Northern Ireland have emerged. It is believed De La Salle, St Mary's and St Patrick's Grammar in Downpatrick and St Columba's in Portaferry are to be merged in one 'all-ability' school that will have around 1,600 pupils.
A paedophile who is part of an 'enclosed religious community' and tried to lure a 12-year-old girl to a hotel has avoided jail. The judge in Luke Simpson's case said he was "persuaded, just, that you are capable of rehabilitation and that the best place for that to take place is in the community".
Sri Lankan officials said on Thursday they had lifted a ban on Facebook after discussions with the social network, a week after blocking access on the grounds it was being used to fuel communal violence.
The Department for Education has said unregistered schools are limiting children's life chances and tackling them is a priority.
Tickets are now on sale for Secularist of the Year 2018. The awards ceremony and social reception will be held on Saturday 24 March in central London. Member tickets are £40. Join us to celebrate the outstanding groups and inspiring individuals advancing secularism and related human rights.
Thirty years after the introduction of a national curricular entitlement for all pupils, the religious education syllabus is still decided locally by committees of faith representatives, or worse, by religious bodies responsible for running faith schools.
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