- News Brief
- Research & Policy
- Culture and Review
- Media Centre
Reach tens of thousands of people instantly by advertising with Ekklesia. Find out more
About a third of schools have a religious character, educating millions of children and employing thousands of teachers and support staff. Most faith schools are able to decide their own religious admissions criteria, hire staff according to their religion and determine their own syllabus for Religious Education. Because of all of this, any major schools reform will be profoundly shaped by the role of faith schools, whether or not politicians like to admit it.
Alex Kennedy at Accord (of which we were a founder member) has done some excellent work looking at religious admissions and social selection, in particular with regard to the extent to which faith schools take vulnerable children. It seems that faith schools take far fewer when compared to other schools of a non-religious character, particularly when it comes to measures such as free school meals or children with Special Educational Needs.
Michael Gove needs to clarify his party’s policy after he appeared to contradict David Cameron today over whether faith can be a basis for the new ‘free schools’ which the Conservatives are pro
In his recent blog on Guardian CIF, Jonathan Chaplain made a very important observation, that workable, mutually respectful compromises need to emerge out of the fog that surrounded the last minute opt-out that Ed Balls inserted into the Children’s Schools and Families Bill, concerning sex education.