Faith Schools

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

Stephen Evans | Posted 30.09.2016 | 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 09.09.2016 | 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 25.05.2016 | 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 19.05.2016 | 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 03.02.2016 | 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...

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.