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Alan Johnson scraps plans to force faith schools to admit non-faith pupils

Faith school quota plans scrapped

The government has abandoned its plans to force new faith schools to take a set number of non-faith pupils following lobbying by religious groups.

Opinion Former Articles

  • BHA: Education Act 2011 receives royal assent

    The Education Act 2011 received Royal Assent yesterday, having completed its passage through Parliament last week. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has repeatedly expressed concern that changes to the rules about how new schools are set up will result in further expansion of the proportion of ‘faith’ schools in the state sector. Unfortunately, despite much hard work by humanist Peers, the new law is likely to contribute to further entrenchment of religious discrimination in the school system.

  • NASUWT: The coalition is adopting a 'scorched earth' education policy

    Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, addressed the TUC Congress in London today. Moving a motion condemning the Government's ‘clandestine policy of school privatisation’, Ms Keates said the day the Coalition came to power marked a turning point for state education.

  • BHA: Christian group slammed for ‘dangerous’ and ‘misleading’ campaign against sex education

    Discussions of the Education Bill in the House of Lords became heated last night as prominent children’s rights advocates slammed the Christian Institute for spreading ‘misinformation’ and ‘wicked insinuations’ about amendments relating to inspecting well-being in schools insinuating that proposed changes ‘would force schools to teach five year-olds about sex’.

  • NUT comment from TUC Congress on State Education, Free Schools, Academies and Privatisation

    Commenting on the debate on education, Composite 11, at the TUC Congress, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said this:

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