Tags: Faith Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

Council promises to review its “apartheid-style” school transport policy

Council promises to review its “apartheid-style” school transport policy

Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012

Northumberland Country Council has agreed to reconsider its policy of segregating children by religion on its school buses. Read More »

Parents object to school bus ‘apartheid’ in Northumberland

Parents object to school bus ‘apartheid’ in Northumberland

Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012

Northumberland County Council has introduced a new policy for school buses in which Catholic children get a free (and separate) bus to the local Catholic schools while non-Catholics attending the same schools have to pay (and go on another bus). Read More »

Request that teachers at Catholic schools make “declaration of faith” is McCarthyite and threatening, says NSS

Request that teachers at Catholic schools make “declaration of faith” is McCarthyite and threatening, says NSS

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012

A request that teachers at Catholic schools in the diocese of Lancaster make a "public profession of their faith" has been condemned as discriminatory and McCarthyite by the National Secular Society. Read More »

Catholic Church doesn’t want to share its free schools with non-Catholics

Catholic Church doesn’t want to share its free schools with non-Catholics

Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has been told by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that it will not be permitted to exceed the number of places reserved for Catholic pupils at Catholic Free Schools beyond the 50% that is permitted at present. Read More »

Christian group targets schools with frightening and dubious anti-abortion message

Christian group targets schools with frightening and dubious anti-abortion message

Posted: Fri, 27 Jul 2012

A Christian group has been touring schools in Sussex telling children frightening untruths about the supposed consequences of abortion.

Lovewise has been telling pupils in religious and community schools that abortion causes holes in the womb, depression and... Read More »

Victory for community school fighting merger with church school

Victory for community school fighting merger with church school

Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012

Parents and teachers at a school in Dagenham who campaigned against its closure and amalgamation with a church school have won a victory after the local council announced that the school will remain open as a community school. Read More »

Parents, teachers and governors ignored as council hands community school to church

Parents, teachers and governors ignored as council hands community school to church

Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012

Barking and Dagenham Council has agreed to the controversial amalgamation of a community school in Dagenham with a neighbouring Church of England voluntary aided Junior School. Read More »