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Department for Education acknowledges 87% of objections to school admissions labelled ‘vexatious’ by Education Secretary were upheld by adjudicator
In response to a parliamentary question tabled in the House of Lords, the Department for Education (DfE) has at last conceded that the overwhelming majority of objections submitted to school admission policies by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and Fair Admissions Campaign (FAC) correctly identified breaches of the law.
Parliamentarians and wider public denounce Government move to ban BHA from raising concerns about school admissions
Following an announcement made by the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan last month that she plans to ban charities and other civil society organisations from formally raising concerns about the admission arrangements of schools, members of both the House of Commons and House of Lords have moved to robustly challenge the proposal and demand that it be scrapped.
The Fair Admissions Campaign was debated yesterday in the House of Lords, after All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) member and Campaign supporter Baroness Joan Bakewell asked the Government ‘whether they have plans to encourage religiously selective schools to adopt more open admission policies.’
All state-funded schools should be open to all children, regardless of their parents’ religion. That’s the message of the Fair Admissions Campaign, a new, widely supported campaign which has launched today, with the British Humanist Association (BHA) as a founding member.