Commenting on the launch of the 2010 Accord Award, Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, which was a co-founder of the Accord Coalition, said:
"This award shows both the diversity and the community capability of education in this country.
"It rewards and highlights those who are working to break down barriers of religion and belief in schooling, and demonstrates that the arguments for maintaining discrimination in admissions, employment, curriculum and assembly in some schools are outdated and unnecessary.
"It is vitally important to encourage inclusive education through good example rather than cajoling, and to research on the de-benefits of restrictive practices with encouragement towards those schools that show a better way, whatever their background or foundation."
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