Faith Schools

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

Rumy Hasan | Posted 16.04.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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.

Faith Schools: Richmond Opts for Religious Discrimination

Jonathan Romain | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Romain

I am a rabbi. I value faith. However, I am very worried about faith schools and the impact they are having both on the children who attend and on the type of society that will emerge as they grow up.

Faith Schools Allowed To Take '90% Catholics' After Gove Intervention

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK

Two new faith schools in London could be allowed to restrict 90% of their intake to Catholic students - undermining a coalition deal which agreed only...

Gove Must Not Allow Creationists to Gain a Foothold in Our Education System

Stephen Evans | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Earlier this month it became clear that creationists had wormed their way into an exhibit at the National Trust visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway.

'Lord's Prayer Should Be Taught In Schools... It Can Change Lives'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 31.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Lord's Prayer should be taught in school, as a survey reveals that almost 50% less children know the Ch...

Countless Millions of Taxpayers' Money Spent on Discrimination in Schools

Terry Sanderson | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

The state is spending tens of millions of pounds on the salaries of clergy people as well as funding religious discrimination and indoctrination in schools. How did this happen? And more importantly, how are we going to stop it?

Cameron vs Dawkins: Who Doesn't Get it?

William Turvill | Posted 17.02.2012 | UK Politics
William Turvill

It's not entirely clear what 'it' is, but it is clear that both Cameron and Dawkins are wrong in their own ways. The Church of England should certainly have the right to influence the moral decisions of its members, but just because our political leader is Christian, does not mean the entire nation's morals should be dictated in this way.

Gove the Homophobe: Section 28 Returns

James Hetterley | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education
James Hetterley

Teach sometimes marriage works, teach sometimes marriage doesn't. Teach sometimes single parents are stable family homes, teach sometimes LGBT couples are stable parents. Replace Religious Studies with Philosophy so that children are not taught pseudo-theology but how to critically think.

Faith School Selection Angst for Parents

Ed Owen | Posted 12.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Ed Owen

While Religious discrimination is illegal in the UK, it is alive, well, and hard-wired into the selection process for faith schools up and down the country thanks to a loophole permitted for the selection of pupils for faith schools.