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New voluntary aided faith schools: what happens next?

New voluntary aided faith schools: what happens next?

The government has outlined plans for 14 new fully selective faith schools in England. Alastair Lichten explains what is likely to happen next. Read More »

Why focus on state-funded faith schools?

Why focus on state-funded faith schools?

The No More Faith Schools campaign's focus is on challenging the religious designation of state-funded schools. Alastair Lichten explains why. Read More »

A secular education system would mean community schools for all

A secular education system would mean community schools for all

An end to faith schools would not impose conformity or be without compromise, as our system of community schools shows, argues Alastair Lichten. Read More »

Northern Ireland's children and families are paying the price of faith schools’ failure

Northern Ireland's children and families are paying the price of faith schools’ failure

The inefficiency of NI's sectarian school system means cuts bite harder. Efforts to educate children together must be accelerated, argues Alastair Lichten. Read More »

There’s no hypocrisy in being forced into a ‘choice’ you don’t like

There’s no hypocrisy in being forced into a ‘choice’ you don’t like

As the pro-faith schools lobby rounds on campaigner Alice Roberts, Alastair Lichten says her situation is proof of the need for a secular education system. Read More »

Church schools are faith schools. Pretending otherwise is dishonest

Church schools are faith schools. Pretending otherwise is dishonest

The Church of England's pretence that 'its' schools aren't faith schools is a dishonest attempt to avoid association with the unpopularity of faith-based schooling, and at odds with their actual policy, argues Alastair Lichten. Read More »

How to teach in a Catholic state school in Scotland

How to teach in a Catholic state school in Scotland

Alastair Lichten explains how the Catholic Church dominates recruitment in 'its' schools in Scotland. Read More »

Religion and politics – the discrepancy at the heart of our schools

Religion and politics – the discrepancy at the heart of our schools

Alastair Lichten asks why partisan religious beliefs are treated so differently to political ones in schools in England and Wales. Read More »

Government U-turn indicates the tide is turning against faith schools

Government U-turn indicates the tide is turning against faith schools

Huffington Post: The government's U-turn on its manifesto promise to lift the 50% cap on faith-based... Read More »

‘An archaic settlement’: The National Secular Society’s bid to end faith schools

‘An archaic settlement’: The National Secular Society’s bid to end faith schools

LSE Blog: With Britain simultaneously becoming less religious and more religiously diverse, can the continued... Read More »

Faith schools: why reducing the harm isn’t enough

Faith schools: why reducing the harm isn’t enough

Alastair Lichten says the long-term battle is over the fact faith groups run schools at all. Read More »

GP Taylor: Why faith has no place in our schools

GP Taylor: Why faith has no place in our schools

Testimonial: As a priest, I was always suspicious of the new parent lurking at the back of church clutching... Read More »

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