Tags: Faith Schools

Leeds City Council under pressure from vested interests over school transport cuts

Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013

Leeds City Council is coming under pressure over its plan to scrap free transport for pupils travelling to "faith schools". Read More »

Bradford issues a report on child protection in Muslim religious ‘schools’

Posted: Tue, 26 Mar 2013

An attempt is being made in Bradford to safeguard the estimated 9,000 children who attend Muslim religious schools in the city. Read More »

Evangelicals put indoctrination ahead of education

Posted: Thu, 21 Mar 2013

A survey for the Evangelical Alliance shows that evangelical parents are more likely to choose a school for their children based on whether it has a strong religious ethos rather than whether it fares well in league tables or inspectors' reports. Read More »

Pupils must "prove" their religion to qualify for free school buses

Posted: Sat, 09 Mar 2013

Flintshire County Council has launched a consultation on proposed changes to its discretionary home to school transport policy, that will require pupils attending faith schools to "prove" their religion to qualify for free school buses. Read More »

Sheffield Council to reconsider plan to scrap free bus travel to religious schools

Posted: Mon, 04 Mar 2013

Sheffield City Council is to postpone scrapping free bus travel for pupils attending religious schools after parents threatened legal action over what they consider the inadequacy of the initial consultation. Read More »

Cash-strapped Kent may restore subsidised school transport

Posted: Wed, 20 Feb 2013

A council that is facing devastating cuts to services and employment is considering reinstating free transport to "faith schools" after scrapping it last year. Read More »

Villagers angered by plans to open new Sikh faith school

Posted: Wed, 13 Feb 2013

Local residents have reacted angrily to plans to open a new Sikh faith academy school in a Buckinghamshire village. Read More »

Local authority abandons plans to prioritise faith school pupils in community school admissions

Posted: Wed, 13 Feb 2013

Surrey County Council has confirmed it will not accept a proposal to amend the admissions criteria for Reigate Priory School which would have indirectly given preferential admission arrangements to pupils whose parents regularly attend Church of England services. Read More »

Fundamentalist Catholic group moves into education

Posted: Tue, 12 Feb 2013

The secretive and ultra conservative Catholic organisation Opus Dei is thought to be behind the opening of a new private school in Croydon. Read More »

Local parents object to academy’s plans to prioritise church school pupils

Posted: Thu, 07 Feb 2013

Residents of Solihull have reacted angrily to a non-religiously designated academy's proposals to give priority in admissions to pupils from two religiously selective 'faith' schools. Read More »

Fears that faith-based admissions criteria are infiltrating community schools through feeder schools

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013

Concerns have been raised that faith based admissions criteria are being indirectly applied to community schools when 'faith' schools become feeder schools. Read More »

Majority want secular state schooling – while RE declines

Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2013

The majority of British people want state-funded schools to be secular, a recent YouGov poll has revealed. Read More »

NSS question Catholic Church's new restrictions on teachers

Posted: Sat, 26 Jan 2013

The National Secular Society has condemned a new booklet issued by the Catholic Church in England and Wales warning teachers and governors at Catholic schools that they risk dismissal if they enter a relationship that is not approved by the Church. Read More »

We want secular schools in Dublin, say parents

Posted: Thu, 24 Jan 2013

Pressure is building on the Irish Education minister to establish a multi-denominational school in Dublin under the Educate Together banner. Educate Together promises that "No child is separated because of his or her religion or belief system" in any of their schools. Read More »

European Commission to investigate complaints concerning employment discrimination in ‘faith’ schools

Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013

The European Commission is to investigate complaints submitted by the National Secular Society concerning whether UK legislation relating to state funded 'faith' schools breaches European employment laws in relation to discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief. Read More »

Government ordered to disclose details of free school applicants

Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013

A tribunal has ruled that the Department for Education (DfE) must publish the names, location and religious affiliation, if any, of all organisations that apply to open free schools. Read More »

Sheffield Council latest to axe free travel to religious schools

Posted: Mon, 17 Dec 2012

Sheffield City Council is the latest to scrap free transport for children attending religious schools. Read More »

If you can’t prove you’re a Christian, get off the school bus

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012

Flintshire County Council is proposing to restrict subsidised school transport to religious schools to those pupils who can prove that they are of the religion that the school espouses. Read More »

Irish atheist pupil who was forced to pray claims human rights violation

Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2012

A young Irish atheist has made an official complaint after his school forced him to attend a multi-denominational prayer service. Read More »

Michael Gove wants to intervene in legal challenge to Catholic school

Posted: Wed, 10 Oct 2012

Education Secretary Michael Gove has applied to intervene in a judicial review considering the legality of a new Catholic school proposed for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Read More »