Posted: Wed, 09 May 2018
One of the myths our campaign aims to expose is that 'church schools' aren't really faith schools. In fact every C of E faith school is inspected to ensure it is promoting a religious ethos. The National Secular Society (NSS) has written to the DfE criticising the C of E's latest inspection guidelines, which place a greater emphasis on theology and framing shared values as exclusively Christian.
In 2017 the NSS found that the DfE had given almost £5m of public money to "faith bodies" to inspect religious education in faith schools over the previous six years.
This is part of the church's systemic efforts to increase the fervency with which 'its' schools promote their religious ethos. As the C of E's adherence falls it is increasingly looking to state schools as vehicles to promote faith in general and the Christian faith in particular.
Check out the full story here: NSS renews call to end faith schools' 'religiosity inspections'