Tags: Faith Schools

US President criticises faith schools during Northern Ireland visit

US President criticises faith schools during Northern Ireland visit

Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013

The US President, Barack Obama, has condemned 'faith schools' as 'divisive'' during a speech to an audience of young people and dignitaries ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Read More »

Rethink ordered over discriminatory school transport cuts

Rethink ordered over discriminatory school transport cuts

Posted: Tue, 11 Jun 2013

A controversial plan by Flintshire Council to cut funding for transport to faith schools for pupils unable to prove their religious beliefs has been thrown into doubt after a scrutiny committee called for it to be scrapped. Read More »

Religious discrimination against teachers challenged in Northern Ireland

Religious discrimination against teachers challenged in Northern Ireland

Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013

Northern Ireland's biggest employer of teachers in Catholic schools has called for the scrapping of legislation that allows schools to legally discriminate on religious grounds. Read More »

Hull council latest to scrap free pupil transport to religious schools

Hull council latest to scrap free pupil transport to religious schools

Posted: Thu, 23 May 2013

Hull City Council is to cease discretionary funding transport for pupils attending "faith schools" from September 2014. The change will save £339,000 in 2014-15 according to council figures. Read More »

NSS condemns Flintshire Council's 'discriminatory' transport policy

NSS condemns Flintshire Council's 'discriminatory' transport policy

Posted: Wed, 22 May 2013

The National Secular Society has criticised a decision by Flintshire Council to discriminate against people without religious faith in its school transport arrangements. Read More »

Plans to open Sikh faith school in Buckinghamshire village derailed

Plans to open Sikh faith school in Buckinghamshire village derailed

Posted: Wed, 15 May 2013

Controversial plans to open a Sikh free school in the Buckinghamshire village of Stoke Poges have been recommended for refusal by South Bucks District Council planning officers. Read More »

Gove under pressure to give CofE more power over schools

Gove under pressure to give CofE more power over schools

Posted: Tue, 14 May 2013

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is to meet bishops from every Church of England diocese to discuss the "special relationship" the Government has with the Church over its participation in education. Read More »

Protests as Luton council cuts free transport to religious schools

Protests as Luton council cuts free transport to religious schools

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013

Councillors walked out of a meeting at Luton Town Hall this week when observers in the public gallery began shouting and waving placards in protest at the Councils plans to end free transport for pupils attending religious schools. Read More »

Muslim free school plan put on hold over extremism fears

Muslim free school plan put on hold over extremism fears

Posted: Tue, 30 Apr 2013

The Northern Lights Free School is being investigated by the Department for Education's Diligence and Counter Extremism Division, whose remit is to protect children and young people from exposure to extremist views in schools. Read More »

Concerns remain over non-religious Academy’s revised admissions policy

Concerns remain over non-religious Academy’s revised admissions policy

Posted: Sat, 13 Apr 2013

A non-religiously designated academy in Solihull that planned to give priority in admissions to pupils from two religiously selective 'faith' schools has revised its decision. Read More »

Free transport to “faith schools” axed in Leicester & Bath

Free transport to “faith schools” axed in Leicester & Bath

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013

Councillors on Leicester City Council have approved changes to 'home to school' transport that will see an end to subsidies for pupils attending "faith schools" in the City. Read More »

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Catholic Church to lose control of some schools in Ireland – could this be the start of a seismic shift?

Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013

Following a survey of parents by the Irish Department of Education, 23 primary schools across the country will be divested of their Catholic Church patronage. Read More »

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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 »