Faith Schools

Teachers Shouldn't Be the Victims of Religious Discrimination

Stephen Evans | Posted 15.09.2014 | 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 02.09.2014 | 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...

May To Be Called Before Commons Committee Over Gove Row

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK

Theresa May will be called before a Commons committee for questioning over her "unseemly" row with Education Secretary Michael Gove about tackling ext...

EFA Finds Evidence That Birmingham Academy Has Been Turned Into Islamic Faith School

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK

An investigation at a highly-rated academy into an alleged school takeover plot by hard-line Muslims found governors had effectively turned it into a ...

'Trojan Horses' in Birmingham Schools Should Come as No Surprise

Rumy Hasan | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

The 'Trojan Horse' plot in Birmingham - where some 25 schools have apparently been targeted for takeover by Islamic extremists - is yet another instance of the problems now rising as a consequence of Britain supposedly being a multifaith society; a view shared by all the three main political parties...

Being Called a 'Fundamentalist Secularist' Is an Insult I Would Welcome

George Gillett | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It is this debate that secularists, both religious and otherwise, are fighting for. The movement doesn't aim to destroy or dismantle religion, but to create a society where no one group is granted special privilege or power. A society which ensures that all beliefs are protected and welcomed equally. But this debate can only be had once you stop using "secularism" as a slur.

Faith Schools: Whose Education Is It Anyway?

Stephen Evans | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

According to a comprehensive new study undertaken by the Church of England to discover the factors related to spiritual and numerical.. church growth, our 'National Church' is in decline because generations of church goers are not being replaced.

Jessica Elgot

'Hypocrisy': Faith Schools Select Fewer Poor Pupils

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK

Religious schools that select pupils on the basis of faith make up almost 50% of the "worst offenders" when it comes to admitting poor pupils, researc...

Evangelism in Schools?

Stephen Evans | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
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.

Scout Acceptance of Non-Religious Welcome - Now the State Should Catch Up

Andrew Copson | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK
Andrew Copson

Monday's announcement by the Scout Association of a new alternative Promise to allow the non-religious to join is not an isolated event. Coming so soon after Girlguiding UK introduced a similar change to their Promise and the Air Cadets to theirs, it's starting to look like part of a trend - and a very welcome one for all who believe in inclusive social movements.

The Fight About Faith Schools Isn't Really About Faith School at All

Elizabeth Oldfield | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK
Elizabeth Oldfield

Those who advocate faith schools draws on that which demonstrates good academic results, while on the other side of the debate faith school critics point to another set of research to back up claims they exacerbate social division. Both sides, entrenched in their positions, are over claiming.

School That Blair Sons Attended Must Overhaul Religious Selection

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK

The prestigious Catholic state school where Tony Blair sent his two sons to school while he was in Number 10, has been deeply criticised by the school...

Faith Schools: What Really Goes on Behind Closed Doors?

A.J. Higginson | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
A.J. Higginson

A recent 'National School Survey' by Stonewall has alarmingly revealed that: almost two thirds of young gay people at secondary school, some 150,000 people, have experienced homophobic bullying. In faith schools that figure rises to three in four.

Proposed Church of England Takeover of State Schools Should Ring Warning Bells

Jonathan Romain | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Jonathan Romain

It will be tragic if community schools that currently serve their local population without discrimination and see themselves as the hub of local life are transformed into ones that serve one particular faith group only and exclude others - be it those of different faiths or no-belief system. Let faith be celebrated in the home or in church or at Sunday school or at summer camp, but school should be the place where the whole of society comes together and interacts.

Change My Mind: Should Faith Schools Discriminate On Grounds Of Religion?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK

A new campaign launched in an attempt to end schools selecting pupils based on their faith has provoked strong, passionate debate from either side. ...

Outlawing Faith Schools Will Help No One

Peter Kessler | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Peter Kessler

I understand that, for some, exposing their children to the non-Jewish community is unacceptable but outlawing them will help no one. Welcoming them as part of the rich variety of our society is a responsibility for those who believe in a tolerant, welcoming community.

It's Time to Play Fair and End Religious Restrictions for Children at State-Funded Schools

Jonathan Romain | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Jonathan Romain

If you were in a debate about the meaning of British identity or citizenship, one of the key values that would no doubt be highlighted is fairness. So you would expect fairness to apply especially to the educational system - but instead... it is absent in many state-funded schools which have a religious character.

When It Comes to Faith Schools, Twenty Million People Can't Be Wrong

Simon Goulden | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Simon Goulden

The newly launched 'Fair Admissions Campaign' demands that all state-funded schools should be open to all children, regardless of their parents' religion. It claims that it is 'widely supported', but that seems to fly in the face of the very limited number and size of the groups who have formed the campaign.

Jessica Elgot

'Ban Schools From Picking Pupils Based On Faith'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK

Atheist campaigners along with several prominent religious leaders have launched a controversial new campaign to ban schools from selecting children o...

Why Are Children Being Forced Into 'Faith' Schools?

Stephen Evans | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Evans

Minority faith groups are now starting to see the appeal. We've recently seen a flurry of new free schools with a Sikh ethos being proposed. This is unfortunate, because in many ways, Sikhs have been the most successful at fully integrating themselves into British society. The fear is that with a proliferation of single faith schools, this could now be put at risk.

The Census Results Speak for Themselves, Government Should Listen

Andrew Copson | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

We know from research done since the last census that most people who tick 'Christian' do so for cultural or ethnic reasons rather than religious ones and only 48% of those who tick 'Christian' believe that Jesus Christ was real person who was the son of god and rose from the dead.