Tags: Faith Schools

Teachers in Dagenham to strike over ‘faith school’ plans

Teachers in Dagenham to strike over ‘faith school’ plans

Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2012

Teachers at a community school threatened with amalgamation with a religious school are to stage a one day strike in protest over the plans. Read More »

Catholic Education Service rebuked for blurring distinction between faith and politics in schools

Catholic Education Service rebuked for blurring distinction between faith and politics in schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Jun 2012

The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has written to the Catholic Education Service (CES) to express concern that it has blurred the distinction between discussing matters of faith and promoting partisan political views. Read More »

Government proposes to force private schools to promote “British values” as a means of combating extremism

Government proposes to force private schools to promote “British values” as a means of combating extremism

Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012

The Department of Education is consulting on new rules for private schools that seek to ensure they promote 'British values' and discourage extremism. Read More »

No justification for subsidising ‘faith school’ transport

No justification for subsidising ‘faith school’ transport

Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012

After a fourteen month debate and consultation, the decision by Cheshire East Council to scrap transport subsidies for pupils attending 'faith schools' has been – predictably - condemned by the Catholic Church. Read More »

Richmond Council approves Catholic school plan

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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 »