A Muslim school in Birmingham which was at the centre of a High Court case over gender segregation in 2017 is still segregating boys and
girls, according to Luke Tryl, Ofsted's director of corporate strategy. He said the segregation meant girls were denied the chance to have lunch until boys had
eaten theirs. The NSS supported campaigners who said the segregation was
unlawful sex discrimination at the High Court in 2017.
A woman who is trying to change Northern Ireland's abortion law with a case based on her personal experience has begun her High Court challenge. Sarah Ewart was denied an abortion in 2013, despite
doctors saying her baby would not survive outside the womb. Meanwhile this week MPs were told
that a 12-year-old rape victim in NI was forced to travel to England under police escort for an abortion.
The education secretary has met with religious
representatives in a new push to encourage them to convert their schools into academies.
The BBC is launching a year-long series of
programmes examining faith, belief and values in modern Britain. This
will include a programme exploring the issue of male circumcision and a series on the consequences of the 1989 fatwa against Salman Rushdie.
A lesson plan by the anti-abortion Christian charity Lovewise compares abortion in cases of "medical abnormality" to the crimes of Nazi Germany against disabled
people, The Times has revealed. The NSS encourages
anyone with concerns about religious groups exploiting invitations to schools to contact us via our campaigns
The Department for Education has warned
heads of independent schools that they could be in breach of educational standards if inspectors are unable to speak to pupils. Ofsted reports have revealed that
inspectors at some Charedi Jewish schools have recently been denied permission to speak to pupils by parents, or had access restricted.
A leading figure in the Charedi community has protested to education secretary
Damian Hinds at the "aggressive" attitude of Ofsted inspectors.