Are people of faith no longer welcome in Britain?

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Here we have another guest post from education expert Gill Robins.G K Chesterton once observed of a friend that ‘he thought that the object of opening the mind is simply opening the mind. I am incurably convinced that the object of opening the mind ... is to shut it again on something solid.’ In the last few days, it rather seems that the Department for Education (DfE) together with our Secretary of State for Education, have become advocates of the permanently open mind, and the outcomes hav … [Read more...]

State of the nation: seventy years of religious education

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This is another guest post from education expert, Gill RobinsSeventy years ago, the 1944 Education Act enshrined in law the statutory requirement for UK schools to provide religious education. Every day was to start with a daily act of Christian worship and religious education lessons were compulsory in all schools. Parents could opt their children out of RE and collective worship.Has anything changed? In law: very little, apart from a cursory nod in the 1996 Education Act  towards the m … [Read more...]

Compulsion or context: the future of Sex and Relationships Education

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This is another guest post from education expert, Gill Robins:Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is currently something of a mot du jour. There have been regular calls from a range of groups for an overhaul of SRE education programmes and on 21 October, a Ten Minute Rule Bill was introduced to the House outlining proposed changes to the current law.As the current law stands, Primary schools must deliver all aspects of sex education contained in the science curriculum that relate to … [Read more...]

How Ofsted appears to be systematically breaking the law

UPDATE: Education minister Nicky Morgan states clearly to The Times on Sunday: Faith schools ‘must teach gay rights’ despite the legal position below.Back in May, Ofsted had to abandon an inspection of a Muslim school because the parents objected to the kinds of questions the inspectors were asking primary school children. As the Guardian reports, the parents were quite vocal: "One of the parents said to them, and all of us agreed, this is a safeguarding issue, we are not comfortable about a … [Read more...]

The Shocking Hypocrisy of the Labour Party over Faith Schools

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This is the third of a series of guest posts by education expert Gill Robins. In this article she exposes the agenda of the UK's Opposition party against faith schools. This is following a statement by Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt.A note for my American readers: the Opposition is the second largest party in Parliament, and a Shadow Secretary is their spokesman whose role it is to probe weaknesses in their  Government counterpart and set out policies the Opposition would like to e … [Read more...]

Ofsted and Beis Yaakov High School – an assault on religious freedom

In this second guest post by education expert Gill Robins, she uncovers damning evidence of Ofsted's religious bias. It seems to me that thanks to the DfE's new regulations, and the way they are being interpreted, Jewish schools are quite frankly being bullied. The distress of the young girls being grilled by inspectors was real, and it is sounds very similar to that experienced by other Jewish, Christian, and Muslim schools. If I had been one of their parents I would have wanted to report the … [Read more...]

Is this the beginning of the end for ALL Christian education?

I know what some of you are thinking. You see this as a UK-only problem. Well, all I can say is that the strategies that are being utilized over here will surely be utilized in the USA also. In fact, perhaps they already are. Equality legislation sounds innocuous enough, but it seems that, at least according to one article I found online, perhaps it is already beginning to be used in some cases against US education establishments.The concern is that the secular elite will increasingly demand … [Read more...]

Beware the real Trojan Horse: Muslim children also harassed by Ofsted

I am absolutely candescent as a parent that any stranger would think it was appropriate to go into a classroom and ask young children what they thought about sexuality, and for that matter their personal religious views.This article, which I excerpt from below, was pointed out to me to on Twitter. It got this issue correct over a month ago. How the inspectors involved are not being visited by the police and asked questions themselves about what makes them think they can put young children … [Read more...]

GUEST POST: The threat to religious freedom: a clear and present danger

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In light of recent coverage on my blog about the plight of religious schools of all kinds, it is a delight to welcome Gill Robins, the founder of Christians in Education, and a previous Deputy Head to guest post here on the blog. I know many of my readers are Americans, but please do understand that the very same tendencies are happening right under your noses in the USA.As Gill points out, "This is all just a convenient catalyst through which all expressions of faith in public spaces can be … [Read more...]

ACT director says religious freedom in schools is indeed at stake

This just released from the Association of Christian Teachers:ACT – now to keep religious freedom in our schools.There has never been a time like this. Schools were part of the family business of the church and as Christians we let it go. Now those who want to uphold faith in schools are beleaguered on every side. No there hasn’t been a change in the law surrounding religious education and collective worship. No there hasn’t been a groundswell of public opinion against how schools are run … [Read more...]


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