Tags: Education

Faith schools: whose education is it anyway?

Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 by Stephen Evans

Education policy and practice should focus more on children's independent interests and building a shared society rather than pandering to religious groups motivated by self-preservation, argues NSS campaigns manager, Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

Australia shows the way in removing evangelists from schools

Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson

With widespread apathy about what passes for religious education in schools, our classrooms are increasingly being used by religious groups to carry out their missionary work. Terry Sanderson explains how Australian parents have led the way in removing evangelists... Read More »

Tags: Education, Evangelism in schools

Church of England is kept alive only by its presence in our schools

Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson

With the Church of England is on its last legs, it's about time its continued involvement in state education was called into question, argues Terry Sanderson. Read More »

Tags: Education, Church of England

Ethnic mixing is good for communities – so why are we discouraging it in schools?

Posted: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson reflects upon some recent findings on mixed communities and integration, and the implication of those findings for our education system.

A large-scale study published in the journal Sociology has found that when people from ethnic communities... Read More »

Tags: Multiculturalism, Education

The God question: A tale of two adverts

Posted: Tue, 07 Jan 2014 by Alistair McBay

Alistair McBay examines the PR campaign behind an educational resource that seeks to bring creationism and intelligent design into the science classrooms of Scotland. Read More »

Tags: Education, Scotland, Creationism

The God Question – a Trojan horse for Intelligent Design

Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 by Alistair McBay

Intelligent Design is back in shiny new packaging, labelled as 'evidence based and balanced' and getting into the science classrooms in Scotland, argues Alistair McBay. Read More »

Tags: Education, Scotland, Creationism

The Church of England’s unrelenting exploitation of the nation’s schools

Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 by Stephen Evans

The Church of England's intention is clear. State funded schools will be regarded as churches – and serve as pulpits for evangelisation, argues Stephen Evans.

Parents and their children may have deserted the pews in droves – but that doesn't really... Read More »

Tags: Church of England, Education, Faith Schools

A search for truth, or a trojan horse for religion in schools?

Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 by Alistair McBay

Alistair McBay questions the objectivity of a new educational resource that claims to "review, objectively and dispassionately, the case for the existence of God". Read More »

Tags: Education, Scotland, Creationism

Job applications should not be a matter of faith

Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 by A Teacher

A teacher's perspective on why faith schools should not be able to select staff and students based on their religion. Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education, Discrimination

Scotland’s young people deserve better than this

Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 by Gary McLelland

Young people have a human right to sexual health and relationships education. Something which the religious minority in Scotland is taking away, argues Gary McLelland.

Scotland, like many areas, is working to promote safe and healthy relationships, especially... Read More »

Tags: Education, Scotland

The RE Report – A missed opportunity

Posted: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

The RE Council's report has been well received. However, with the decline in church attendance and increasing evangelism in schools, Keith Porteous Wood argues vital opportunities to reform RE have been missed.

The Religious Education Council Report is a missed... Read More »

Tags: Education, Religious education

Evangelism in schools – a parent’s perspective

Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 by Saul Freeman

A first-hand account from a parent on discovering and trying to deal with evangelism in his child's school. Read More »

Tags: Education, Parents Perspective, evangelism in schools

Evangelism in schools?

Posted: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 by Stephen Evans

A report published this week by the National Secular Society has shone a much needed spotlight on the activities of evangelical Christian organisations operating in our children's schools.

The report reveals a concerted effort from evangelical organisations... Read More »

Tags: Education

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Posted: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 by Alistair McBay

As church attendance continues to plummet along with the numbers of Britons professing religious belief, the Prayer Spaces in Schools initiative is turning schools into churches — and turning teaching increasingly into preaching, writes Alistair McBay. Read More »

Tags: Education, Church of England, Church of Scotland, Evangelism in schools

How do we keep religious education out of the hands of the evangelists?

Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson

How can schools tell children about religion in a way that is fair, objective, unbiased and, most important, doesn't close them off to alternatives?

How do we best explain to them that while some religious believers find comfort in their faith — as well... Read More »

Tags: Religious education, Education

A secular society is the key

Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 by Oliver Kamm

Oliver Kamm explains why a Charedi faith schools' refusal to teach evolution doesn't just impoverish children's minds, but also violates their rights. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools, Creationism

Secular petitions highlight the sectarian issues in Scottish education

Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 by Alistair McBay

The last few weeks have seen the topic of religious observance (RO) in schools hit the headlines in Scotland. Two petitions have been lodged, one at central government and one at local government level.

Secular Scotland, a group of Glasgow secularists, launched... Read More »

Tags: Scotland, Religious Observance, Education, Collective Worship

Why are children being forced into faith schools?

Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 by Stephen Evans

With the shortage of primary school places becoming more acute, NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans draws attention to the scandal of families being left with no option other than to send their children to 'faith' schools. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

It’s not fair! Why has Ireland got Ruairi Quinn, while we’re stuck with Michael Gove?

Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson

Terry Sanderson on Ireland's education minister Ruairi Quinn who, bit by bit, is challenging the stranglehold that the Catholic Church has over education in the Republic. Read More »

Tags: Education, Ireland

Why so little openness in the establishment of these Sikh schools?

Posted: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 by John Hunt

Last month the local press reported that a Sikh free school "remains on course to open in Hounslow in September": but there has been no reporting of the secrecy and subterfuge surrounding its establishment. Read More »

Tags: Education, academisation, Sikhism

Enticing children to evangelism with toys: Samaritan’s Purse shoebox scheme.

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 by Rebecca Sharkey

Rebecca Sharkey argues that a popular shoebox gift scheme run by evangelicals highlights the dangers of mixing humanitarian work with the promotion of a religious agenda. Read More »

Tags: Christmas, Education, Charity, Samaritans Purse, Evangelism in schools

Time to rethink the Church's role in state education

Posted: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 by Stephen Evans

As head teachers put the Church's plan to intensify the religious input into lessons into action, Stephen Evans asks: isn't it time to rethink the role of religion in our public education system? Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education

'Faith' schools are becoming a menace

Posted: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It is time Michael Gove — and the Government — stopped being so tolerant of 'faith' schools and started thinking about putting the brakes on their malevolent spread. Read More »

Tags: Education

Government to work with Church of England to promote more religious schools

Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood

During Education Questions in the House of Commons on Monday, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary (for England) intimated that the Government is working with the Church of England to bring about its ambition to open hundreds more church schools. Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Education

Easter sermons: self-serving and dishonest

Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

It's a Bank Holiday, half the staff in the newsroom are on leave, but news editors still have to somehow fill their papers and their broadcast bulletins. What easier way to do it than to draw on the ready-made Easter sermons of various bishops and Cardinals around the country? Read More »

Tags: Faith Schools, Equality & Human Rights, Education