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How faith schools are spreading without scrutiny or consultation

How faith schools are spreading without scrutiny or consultation

A lack of transparency in faith academy proposals is seriously undermining inclusive education, argues Alastair Lichten. Read More »

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Scotland's faith schools are a divisive anachronism

Dividing children by religion is inefficient and out of step with Scottish society - and giving religious groups control over schools undermines children's religious freedom, says experienced teacher Eric from Edinburgh. Read More »

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Is Northern Ireland set to move away from religious segregation in schools?

The idea that children should be educated together regardless of their religious background is gaining welcome support in NI, writes Alastair Lichten. Read More »

Inclusive schools for all

Discrimination, inconvenience, unfairness: The harm caused by faith school admissions

Recent examples from ombudsman reports demonstrate the absurdity of prioritising pupils for admissions and free transport on a religious basis, says Megan Manson. Read More »

Faith schools can never be truly inclusive

Faith schools can never be truly inclusive

Faith schools can never teach 'diversity and tolerance' as well as schools without a religious character, says Megan Manson. Read More »

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Why the blind spot when it comes to faith schools?

Politicians need to end their fetishisation of faith schools and face the fact that a religiously divided education system is unfit for the future, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

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If we want a tolerant Scotland, let’s educate children together

As academic research shows some intolerant attitudes are widespread among Catholic school pupils in Scotland, Alastair Lichten says rolling back denominational education is essential to promoting cohesion and equality. Read More »

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Teachers increasingly oppose faith schools and the discrimination they cause

Research shows a majority of teachers supporting an end to new faith schools and a huge majority favouring an end to religious selection, Alastair Lichten finds. Read More »

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Faith based selection sends a damaging message to our children

Joanne Bartley, a campaigner with the group Comprehensive Future, argues that a comprehensive education system should also be free of religious selection. Read More »

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Faith schools’ normalisation of discrimination must be challenged

Alastair Lichten says organising schools around religion makes discrimination which should be unacceptable seem normal. Read More »

Faith school advocates place inculcation above education

Faith school advocates place inculcation above education

A school which is being celebrated for unapologetically pushing its evangelical ethos shows the error of expanding faith schools, says Alastair Lichten. Read More »

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... Read More »

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