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Even the chief architect of the expansion of religious schools is now having doubts

Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2015 by Terry Sanderson

With the public, of all faiths and none, increasingly recognising the problems caused by faith schools, NSS president Terry Sanderson calls out politicians who complain about religious separatism on one hand while deliberately promoting it on the other.

Tags: Faith Schools, Community Cohesion

GP Taylor: Why faith has no place in our schools

Posted: Thu, 08 Jan 2015 by GP Taylor

Many principled people of faith oppose religious privilege in state schools. Former Anglican priest GP Taylor makes an impassioned case for secularism as a basis for equally inclusive education. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools, Community Cohesion, Secularism

Operation Christmas Child

Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 by Alastair Lichten

Every year the National Secular Society is contacted by parents upset to discover that a festive charitable project in their children's school is unwittingly making them tools for evangelisation. Alastair Lichten looks at some of their concerns.

Tags: Faith Schools, Christmas, Christianity, Charity, Samaritans Purse

Transport to faith schools: Local authorities shouldn't be subsidising religious segregation

Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 by Stephen Evans

A "hideous form of discrimination" or the justifiable removal of a religious privilege? NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans takes on Conservative MP Nigel Evans over the removal of transport subsidies to faith schools.

No such right exists.

Tags: Education, Faith Schools, Transport

A contested subject: religious education and faith schools

Posted: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 by Alastair Lichten

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.

Tags: Education, Faith Schools, Religious education

Teachers shouldn’t be the victims of religious discrimination

Posted: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 by Stephen Evans

A Catholic diocese has made clear its intention to replace a headteacher, drafted in to save a failing school, because he isn't Roman Catholic. Stephen Evans argues that such discrimination would be totally unacceptable in almost all other areas of public life. Read More »

Tags: Discrimination, Faith Schools

It’s not only Islamists who have Trojan Horses

Posted: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Those with a vested interest in the continuation of 'faith schools' have started their fight back against the growing number of critics, says Terry Sanderson.

Now, the apologists for 'faith schools' are coming back at them with a vengeance.

Tags: Education, Islam, Church of England, Faith Schools

A “religious ethos” is not why faith schools succeed – it’s selection that does it

Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Rather than a faith-based ethos, Terry Sanderson argues that it's selection that allows faith schools to outperform other schools – and calls for fairer admissions policies to ensure a level playing field for all.

Tags: Education, Discrimination, Faith Schools

Yes, “faith schools” really are the problem

Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Politicians are in denial over the problems caused by "faith schools" and religious influence in education, argues Terry Sanderson.

Ergo, let's have more faith schools.

Tags: Education, Faith Schools, Community Cohesion

Religious schools are the problem, not the answer

Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Meanwhile, reports suggest that some schools with a Muslim ethos have become little more than madrassas paid for by the taxpayer, with the emphasis on religion so extreme that there is little time for anything else.

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

We must give up our faith in religious schools

Posted: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 by Philip Collins

If social integration is the aspiration, we should start in schools and remove faith schools' right to religious selection, argues Philip Collins. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

Faith schools: whose education is it anyway?

Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 by Stephen Evans

Education policy and practice should focus more on children's independent interests and building a shared society rather than pandering to religious groups motivated by self-preservation, argues NSS campaigns manager, Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

The Church of England’s unrelenting exploitation of the nation’s schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 by Stephen Evans

The Church of England's intention is clear. State funded schools will be regarded as churches – and serve as pulpits for evangelisation, argues Stephen Evans.

Tags: Church of England, Education, Faith Schools

Job applications should not be a matter of faith

Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 by A Teacher

A teacher's perspective on why faith schools should not be able to select staff and students based on their religion. Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education, Discrimination

Research or propaganda? How the apologists for faith schools are fighting back

Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Faith schools have been getting a bit of a bad press lately. Despite the fact that successive Governments have encouraged them, parents are far from convinced.

This sounds rather complacent when read beside a story in this week's Sunday Times that began:

Tags: Faith Schools

Why is the state funding the indoctrination of children in schools with dangerous ideologies?

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement last week about the Nairobi shopping mall massacre which almost beggars belief. He said:

How have we allowed state schools to fall into the hands of people with such a sinister agenda of indoctrination?

Tags: Faith Schools

A secular society is the key

Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 by Oliver Kamm

Oliver Kamm explains why a Charedi faith schools' refusal to teach evolution doesn't just impoverish children's minds, but also violates their rights. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools, Creationism

Why are children being forced into faith schools?

Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 by Stephen Evans

With the shortage of primary school places becoming more acute, NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans draws attention to the scandal of families being left with no option other than to send their children to 'faith' schools. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

Time to rethink the Church's role in state education

Posted: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 by Stephen Evans

As head teachers put the Church's plan to intensify the religious input into lessons into action, Stephen Evans asks: isn't it time to rethink the role of religion in our public education system? Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education

Gay marriage promised in Scotland – but Church wrangles concessions in schools

Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 by Alistair McBay

So, after one of the largest responses to a consultation ever recorded, the Scottish Government has announced that it intends to legislate to allow same sex marriage.

Tags: Equality & Human Rights, Marriage Equality, Faith Schools

Government to work with Church of England to promote more religious schools

Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood

During Education Questions in the House of Commons on Monday, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary (for England) intimated that the Government is working with the Church of England to bring about its ambition to open hundreds more church schools. Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education

Easter sermons: self-serving and dishonest

Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It's a Bank Holiday, half the staff in the newsroom are on leave, but news editors still have to somehow fill their papers and their broadcast bulletins. What easier way to do it than to draw on the ready-made Easter sermons of various bishops and Cardinals around the country? Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Equality & Human Rights, Education

Countless millions of taxpayers’ money spent on discrimination in schools

Posted: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The state is spending tens of millions of pounds on the salaries of clergy people as well as funding religious discrimination and indoctrination in schools. How did this happen? Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools

A New Year when secularism must stand up for itself or be overwhelmed by religious power-seeking

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The signs have been there for some considerable time – religion around the world is reviving, and it is not the benign, let's-be-good-to-each-other kind of religion that the propagandists would have us believe. Read More »

Tags: Christianity, Church & State, Big Society, Faith Schools, Education

How did our education system become a playground for theocrats?

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 by Terry Sanderson

We are seeing the new crop of academy schools beginning to advertise for chaplains Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education, Chaplaincy

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