Faith Schools

A Reply From A Muslim Woman Who Had A Segregated Education

Mufleha Saleem Ahmad | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK
Mufleha Saleem Ahmad

Islamic values are not very different from British values. As a teacher I try my utmost to ensure my pupils gain British values and become good citizens of the UK. Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths is part of the British values.

A Remote Nordic School Made Me Realise It's Wrong To Segregate Our Children By Faith And Privilege

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Lucy Sherriff

In today's social landscape, where we are witnessing the re-emergence of alt-right groups, the seemingly never-ending rise of extremist groups, and an increasingly-out of touch governments introducing misplaced anti-terror schemes, surely it's never been more important to have diversity in our schools, to ensure our future leaders are open-minded and well-informed.

The GCSE Religious Revolution

Jonathan Romain | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK
Jonathan Romain

It is back to classes this week for most children, but although much of the routine will seem fairly familiar, a quiet revolution will occur for those...

Our Education Systems Must Explore Human Prejudice From The Very Beginning

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

A new academic year! An exciting time ripe with possibilities and promise. It is vital that schools get these all important first days in our educatio...

Intolerant Religion Mustn't Dictate England's Education Policy

Stephen Evans | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Stephen Evans

The time has come to strip organised religion of the privilege of being allowed to act as gatekeepers to publicly funded services. Unfair religiously discriminatory admissions arrangements need to be consigned to history and the whole role of religion in modern schooling revaluated.

Why We Need A 21st Century RE For All

Stephen Evans | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the Education Reform Act 1988 which saw the introduction of a national curricular entitlement for all pupils. ...

Sex And Relationships Education Should Be Every Child's Right, Including Those Attending Faith Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Schools are the ideal place to foster a more tolerant and inclusive Britain and to encourage a healthier, more knowledgeable and sexually autonomous younger generation. Education policy that panders to religion will fall short of delivering this.

Religious Selection In Schools: Why Should You Care?

Lucy Unwin | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Unwin

Segregation is damaging for everyone. It's damaging for the minorities who could find themselves excluded from the best schools, but also for the kids with parents of the "right" faith. Wouldn't every child benefit from mixing with a variety of children from a variety of backgrounds?

Inclusive Education: Divisive Faith Schools Are The Elephant In The Room

Stephen Evans | Posted 01.10.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

There's nothing anti-religious about advocating for secular schools that are open, inclusive and equally welcoming to all children, whatever their religion and belief backgrounds. Religion is fine for those that want it, but Britain's rapidly changing religious landscape screams for the scaling back of religious control of the classroom.

Facilitating More Religious Segregation In Faith Schools Can Only Harm Social Cohesion

Stephen Evans | Posted 10.09.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

In a move devoid of any common sense, Theresa May's government looks set to capitulate to the demands of religious groups by relaxing admissions rules for faith-based academies, allowing them to select all pupils along religious lines. It's hard to think of a more retrograde policy than the facilitation of greater religious segregation of children and young people in our education system.

LGBT+ Inclusion in Education Saves Lives and Must Be Funded

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

Three million pounds can never replace the countless nameless souls we have lost, both in the UK and around the world since formal education began, whose lives were terminally compromised by prejudice, discrimination and hate. It is to these people that I wish to dedicate my recent awards and honours, in addition to everyone who has invited me along to speak or supported my work.

Religious Shame of Illegal Schools

Jonathan Romain | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK
Jonathan Romain

Yet again religion is in the dock, and yet again those of faith who abide by the law and seek to do good are being tarnished by others of faith who act illegally and engage in dubious practices.

Ofsted Finds Dirty, Unsafe Conditions At 100 'Hidden' Schools

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

More than 100 suspected unregistered schools exist across the country, inspectors have found. Ofsted, the schools watchdog, says many more children ar...

All God's Children - Faith, Love and LGBT+ Inclusion in Schools

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

Following my visits to faith schools, without exception I ask young people whether they feel their faith is a barrier to learning about LGBT+ people and the damage prejudicial attitudes can cause.Without exception they assure me that their faith tells them to love, to respect and to take care of people.

Faith Schools May Have Unlawfully Discriminated Against Thousands Of Children

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

Virtually all faith schools in England are breaking the law over their admissions processes, a secular body has claimed in a new report. The Britis...

Christians Shouldn't Put Self-Interest Above Britain's Need to Better Integrate

Stephen Evans | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK
Stephen Evans

Both the Anglican and Catholic Churches have long been able to use publicly funded schools to inculcate children into their religious traditions. Their reluctance to let go of that privilege is understandable. But for the sake of young people's future, people of all faiths should accept that faith-based education isn't in Britain's best interest.

Faith Schools: Education's Sacred Cow

Stephen Evans | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Stephen Evans

We've almost won the argument on compulsory worship, let's just hope we don't have to wait so long for people to finally admit that organising education around parents' religious beliefs really isn't the greatest idea.

The Faith School - A Problem for Society?

Shohana Khan | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Shohana Khan

We are seeing a discussion develop since the alleged case of Trojan Horse in Birmingham, of the shunning of faith in education. And thus seeing the increasing scrutiny of the faith school.

Transport to Faith Schools - Local Authorities Shouldn't Be Subsidising Segregation

Stephen Evans | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Stephen Evans

The Government may not have the courage or even the conviction to question the wisdom of faith schools, but it certainly shouldn't be entertaining the idea of dictating to local authorities that they must subsidise religious segregation in the form of free transport to faith schools.

Teachers Shouldn't Be the Victims of Religious Discrimination

Stephen Evans | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Parents with children at a primary school East Sussex expressed outrage this week, when it became clear that the school's popular headteacher, who was drafted in to save the failing primary, could not stay on permanently because he isn't Roman Catholic. The school of course, is a faith school.

Clergy Press for Faith Schools Reform

Jonathan Romain | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK
Jonathan Romain

It is not good for society to ghettoise its future citizens so that they grow up segregated. It is not good for the children who grow up in an "us and them" culture; and in the very place where they should be learning about tolerance and respect. It is not good for faith - because it becomes tarnished by discrimination and is seen as divisive.

The Bishop Is Right to Scrap School Worship

Jonathan Romain | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Jonathan Romain

As a rabbi I back fully the call of John Pritchard - the Bishop of Oxford and the Church of England's head of education - to end the practice of school prayers that have been a legal requirement for the last seventy years.

Not Very British #BritishValues: How David Cameron Is Silencing Minorities

George Iordanou | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Politics
George Iordanou

David Cameron not only misrepresents minority groups and the nature of the demands that they make, he is also skewing the whole debate on minority rights.

Trojan Horse Schools Tried To Cover Up Activities, According To Damning Report

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK

Schools investigated by officials looking into an alleged takeover plot by hard-line Muslims attempted to cover up their activities, according to damn...

Labour Accuse Theresa May Of Breaking Ministerial Code

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK

Labour has stepped up pressure on the Government over the feud between Michael Gove and Theresa May by accusing the Home Secretary of breaching the mi...