Religious discrimination in schools

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Commenting on the Coalition's schools policy, Simon Barrow, co-director of the Christian political thinktank Ekklesia, a founding member of the Accord Coalition for inclusive education, said:

"Very serious concerns are being raised about the government's plans and intentions regarding the impact of Academies and 'Free Schools' on the balance of local educational provision, children from deprived and low income backgrounds, equal treatment for all, and public accountability for good practice and standards.

"In the case of schools run by faith groups but funded by the general taxpayer, it would be quite wrong to see a further extension and institutionalisation of discriminatory practices in admissions, employment and curriculum content. The onus is on politicians and policy makers responsible for implementing new and existing schools initiatives to specify how these concerns will be addressed. General assurances will not be sufficient for those at the receiving end - including parents, pupils and teachers."