British Muslims for Secular Democracy has announced that it is joining the Accord Coalition, which brings together religious and non-religious groups to promote community schooling and reform the way faith schools currently operate.
The House of Lords this month debates the Equality Bill, starting today (11 January 2010). The Accord Coalition has highlighted "very serious concerns" about the exemptions the Bill contains for faith schools.
The Accord Coalition, which campaigns for inclusive education, has welcomed the Supreme Court judgement on JFS, which lessens the power of state-funded faith schools to discriminate in their admissions policy.
Many people working in faith schools are working for community cohesion, but policies based on religious selection, discrimination and segregation work against them, says Simon Barrow. A different ethos and approach is needed.
A range of faith groups, human rights campaigns, trades unions and other organisations have launched the Cutting Edge consortium to oppose calls for "religous opt-outs" from the Equality Bill currently going through Parliament.