Discrimination in religious schools

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Responding to the broader concern attached to a high court judgement issued on 2 July 2008 (see 'Faith Schools judgment fails to consider human rights angle'), Simon Barrow, co-director of the UK religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, commented: "It is time that both religious communities and government were more direct in tackling the issue of discrimination in admissions and employment in faith schools, with a view to eliminating such practices."

Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, challenged by a new report from the Centre for Policy Studies, has clarified with regard to faith schools that "I have ordered no investigation into their admission practices."

Ekklesia argues that many religious as well as non-religious people believe that he should initiate a wide-ranging inquiry which covers all aspects of the admissions policies and practices of faith schools.

The high court issue: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/7433

See also: Ekklesia comment on the CPS 'Bad Faith' report - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/7406 .