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...]

Has the UK government breached the Human Rights Act in recent school regulations?

The Christian Institute have made public a legal opinion they commissioned from John Bowers QC regarding recent changes to the school regulations that seem to require religious schools to cease being religious schools. For More Information UKChristian School reports closure threat Is a UK government body harassing Jewish and Christian schools? Bowers argues that the regulations breach the Human Rights Act, stating: "Under the second sentence of Article 2 of the First Protocol parents have a … [Read more...]

UK Independent Christian School releases details of government closure threat

What a difference a year makes in modern Britain if you are a religious school.  In yesterday's article I suggested there may be a secret plan to neuter or close all religious schools in the UK.  One of the affected schools has now released more information about what they have faced. Trinity Christian School is a tiny, independently run school which takes no money from the government. In November 2013 it received the following commendation on its first Ofsted visit: The provision for pupils’ sp … [Read more...]

Is a UK government body harassing Jewish and Christian schools?

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The new intolerance is clothed with the language of promoting equality. Yet it seems religious groups are less equal than others. In this article I will outline a worrying pattern that hints at the possibility of a secret UK government plan to weaken, and eventually close, religious schools.More Coverage: Independent Christian school Releases Details of Closure Threat Has the UK government breached the Human Rights Act in recent school regulations?Christian and Jewish schools in the … [Read more...]

Suicide Prevention: What the Church can do

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This month’s Patheos Book Club includes the book, “Preventing Suicide: A Handbook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors.” By Karen Mason.It is a timely book, and an important book. It has been encouraging to me to see a significant shift in the approach of the Christian community to issues of mental health in recent years.  So, for example, in a recent survey of 1000 Protestant pastors conducted by Lifeway showed 0% of their sample believed medication should never be used to treat me … [Read more...]


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