Tags: Faith Schools

Richmond Council approves Catholic school plan

Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames last week approved a plan to open a new Catholic school in the borough, despite spirited opposition from community groups and parents who fear that religious selection will bring discrimination against non-Catholic children. Read More »

Wakefield latest council to propose cutting faith school transport subsidies

Posted: Fri, 01 Jun 2012

Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire is considering scrapping free transport for pupils attending "faith schools" in the town. Read More »

Norwegian government turns down request for humanist school

Posted: Wed, 30 May 2012

Norway's Ministry of Education has declined an application for a private school to be run according to humanist ideology. Read More »

Although sectarianism is still rife, Northern Ireland’s teenagers are gradually breaking down religious barriers

Posted: Tue, 22 May 2012

A survey of Northern Ireland's teenagers shows that religious and ethnic barriers are being gradually broken down, but another survey in the workplace shows that there is still a long way to go as sectarianism there is still rife. Read More »

Has Michael Gove already made up his mind about Catholic political agitation in state schools?

Posted: Tue, 15 May 2012

Damian Thompson, high profile Catholic and editor of the Daily Telegraph's blog section, accidentally tweeted over the weekend that he was told it would be OK for Catholic schools to oppose same-sex marriage at a dinner party attended by Education Secretary Michael Gove. Read More »

Faith school transport subsidies under scrutiny

Posted: Fri, 11 May 2012

Cheshire East is the latest council to axe free or subsidised transport to faith schools. The council took the decision despite fierce opposition from Catholic families who said they were being 'discriminated' against. Read More »

Welsh Minister says Catholic schools may be breaking the law by opposing gay marriage

Posted: Wed, 09 May 2012

The Welsh Government has written to Catholic schools in Wales to warn them that they may be breaking the law in encouraging pupils to oppose equal marriage for LGBT people. Read More »

Community and church school amalgamation plans criticised by secularists

Posted: Mon, 30 Apr 2012

The National Secular Society has challenged a London council over its failure to consult properly about proposals to close a community school in order to amalgamate it with a Church school. Read More »

Michael Gove to investigate Catholic schools’ anti-gay petition

Posted: Sun, 29 Apr 2012

The Department for Education has announced that it will investigate complaints that rules were breached when Catholic schools were asked to encourage their pupils to sign a national petition against gay marriage. Read More »

Catholic Education Service is abusing its authority in state schools

Posted: Wed, 25 Apr 2012

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has been accused of abusing its authority by contacting Catholic schools asking them to tell pupils about a political campaign against equal marriage legislation for LGBT people. Read More »

Irish bishops want religious education staying under their control

Posted: Fri, 13 Apr 2012

The Irish government is about to start the process of taking some schools out of the control of the Catholic Church faces a clash with bishops over the proposed scrapping of an old primary school rule which states that religion should underpin every aspect of daily school life. Read More »

Gove backs voluntary cap on faith-based admissions in new Catholic school

Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has suggested that cap on faith-based admissions at a proposed new faith school in south west London would be "very sensible". Read More »

Lady Massey asks why children are forced into collective worship

Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012

Baroness Massey of Darwen has asked a Parliamentary Question in the House of Lords about whether allowing non-religious parents to withdraw their children from collective worship is an adequate alternative to having their children attend worship. Read More »

Essex County Council scraps transport subsidy for “faith schools”

Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012

A school bus subsidised by Essex County Council which took pupils to two "faith schools" has been scrapped. Read More »

Church of England proposes large-scale expansion of its influence in education

Posted: Thu, 22 Mar 2012

A new Church of England report says that it intends to expand the number of Church schools and calls for a new "concordat" between the Church and state to "reinforce and enhance" the Church's influence throughout the education system. Read More »

Worries that new CofE school won’t serve the whole community

Posted: Fri, 09 Mar 2012

Rumours that Pulford Church of England School is likely to be the successful bidder to run the new school on Sandhills Estate in Bedfordshire have caused concern to the local Labour Party. Read More »

Sikhs looking to open more free schools, separating their children from the mainstream

Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2012

The latest Sikh free school, the Nishkam Primary School, catering to primary children in Birmingham, was opened in the city in September 2011. The school is linked to a local gurdwara or temple. Read More »

Church of England schools flouting daily worship law

Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2012

A survey by The Sunday Times has found that 40% of Church of England 'faith schools' are flouting the law that requires all state funded schools to provide a daily act of collective worship. Read More »

Hardline evangelicals seek funding for free school

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012

A controversial evangelical church has announced plans to open a free school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Read More »

Muslims more successful at enforcing their religion from generation to generation

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012

An academic study by Cardiff University shows that the proportion of adult Muslims actively practising the faith they were brought up in as children was 77%. That compares with 29% of Christians and 65% of other religions. Read More »