Tags: Education

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

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

Posted: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 by John Hunt

Guest post 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.

Attendance at the only public... Read More »

Tags: Education, Sikhism, academisation

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

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

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 by Rebecca Sharkey

Every year, in the run-up to Christmas, The National Secular Society receives numerous calls from concerned parents about Operation Christmas Child, run by the evangelical Samaritan's Purse organisation. Thousands of churches, schools and businesses across... Read More »

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

Time to rethink the Church's role in state education

Time to rethink the Church's role in state education

Posted: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 by Stephen Evans

It's the same every year. No sooner have kids gone back to school than we notice a spike in calls to the office from parents concerned about the amount of religion being forced down their children's throats. This year it appears to be on the increase.

In March,... Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

'Faith' schools are becoming a menace

'Faith' schools are becoming a menace

Posted: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson

A couple of weeks ago, the Bishop of Oxford — who is the Church of England's spokesman on education — told the General Synod that the expansion of church schools would continue – with another 200 proposed.

He also said that the Church —... Read More »

Tags: Education

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

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.

The recently... Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith Schools

Easter sermons: self-serving and dishonest

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... Read More »

Tags: Education, Equality & Human Rights, Faith Schools

Religious education GCSE will lose its appeal when the exam is toughened up

Religious education GCSE will lose its appeal when the exam is toughened up

Posted: Fri, 03 Feb 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood

The Churches love to tell us how "popular" religious studies are in schools. Keith Porteous Wood suspects the popularity may have more to do with the course being ridiculously easy, rather than any desire for a deeper understanding of religion.

The Churches... Read More »

Tags: Education, Religious education

A New Year when secularism must stand up for itself or be overwhelmed by religious power-seeking

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The signs have been there for some considerable time – religion around the world is reviving, and it is not the benign, let's-be-good-to-each-other kind of religion that the propagandists would have us believe.

It is the old-time, ambitious, politicised,... Read More »

Tags: Big Society, Christianity, Church & State, Education, Faith Schools

How did our education system become a playground for theocrats?

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 by Terry Sanderson

We are seeing the new crop of academy schools beginning to advertise for chaplains

Tags: Chaplaincy, Education, Faith Schools