Key Quotes - Education

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According to the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE), 28 per cent of secondary schools give no dedicated curriculum time to RE. It estimates that this equates to 800,000 pupils missing out. The number is even higher within academies, which make up the majority of secondary schools. A third don’t offer formal RE teaching to 11 to 13-year-olds, rising to 44 per cent for 14 to 16-year-olds.
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work - November 2017
 
A growing number of schools are removing the historical terms BC and AD from religious education lessons in a bid to avoid offending non-Christians. Teachers in East Sussex and Essex are among those replacing ‘Before Christ’ and ‘Anno Domini’ (which means the year of the Lord) with ‘Before Common Era’ (BCE) and ‘Common Era’ (CE) according to an investigation by The Mail on Sunday.
EducationPremier Christianity - November 2017
 
A report published this week into the sexual behaviour of 16-24 year olds found that teenagers are increasingly experimenting with taboo practices. The report concluded that sexual education for children should become more graphic.
EducationChristian Concern - 24th November 2017
 
Schools in the UK will be rated for how ‘trans-friendly’ they are by an education review group, it was announced at the end of September. Bernadette John, a director at the Good Schools Guide, announced the move and said the issue of transsexualism in schools has been ‘building up’ in recent months. John said ‘inspectors’ from the guide will certainly be asking headmasters in the future about their treatment of transsexual pupils.
EducationEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
More than a quarter of English secondary schools are failing to offer religious education, research by the Department for Education (DfE) indicated in September. Data gathered by the DfE and obtained under a Freedom of Information request shows that 26% of secondary schools are not offering RE lessons. Among academies, which comprise most secondary schools, 34% do not offer RE to 11-13 year olds and 44% are not offering it to 14-16 year olds.
EducationEvangelicals Now - November 2017
 
Sex education should promote abstinence, more than seven in ten US adults believe, according to a new survey. Over 1,200 people from a variety of faiths and none, across all 50 states, were interviewed.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 6th October 2017
 
Boys will be allowed to board with girls at a top state school if they are questioning their ‘gender identity’. Gordon’s School in Surrey is drawing up new guidance for transsexual pupils which will allow them to wear the uniform of the opposite sex and be addressed by a gender-neutral pronoun.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 20th October 2017
 
Universities that use "no platforming" and "safe spaces" to shut down free speech could face action from the new higher education regulator, the Government has announced.
Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said young people and students need to "accept the legitimacy of healthy vigorous debate" as he outlined plans for the Office for Students (OfS).
EducationThe Telegraph - 19th October 2017
 
The Good Schools Guide is to start rating British schools on how 'transgender-friendly' they are. Researchers for the handbook for parents will ask headteachers how their school caters for 'transgender' students.
EducationChristian Concern - 22nd September 2017
 
Up to a quarter of secondary schools are breaking the law by failing to teach religious education, a new survey has shown, as one expert said the subject can be seen as an "easy loss" amid financial pressure. A survey published by the Religious Education Council and the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) found that a quarter of the schools polled said they do not offer the subject to all students at GCSE level (aged 14 to 16).
EducationCARE Impact Direct - 22nd September 2017
 
Two year old children should be taught about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues, according to National Union of Teachers (NUT). At its annual conference in April, delegates passed a motion calling for compulsory teaching of LGBT issues “throughout all phases of state education” including nurseries.
EducationThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Summer 2017
 
A recent study showed that 75 per cent of parents think sex education should be compulsory and that schools should teach about these issues.
EducationFamilies First - May/June 2017
 
62% of Scottish 15-year-old girls feel pressured by school work ‘a lot’, up from 29 per cent in 2010 (Scottish Government report)
EducationPremier Youth and Children’s Work - July 2017
 
More than four in ten British adults believe primary-aged kids should not be taught about homosexual relationships, according to a new study. A YouGov survey commissioned by homosexual news website PinkNews found that 41 per cent of Brits would not expose kids aged 5-11 to such teaching, while 14 per cent said they were unsure. Interestingly, 12 per cent of LGBT respondents also said kids should not learn about gay relationships.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 4th August 2017
 
An Orthodox Jewish school has remained under scrutiny from Ofsted because it does not teach students about 'gender reassignment' or 'sexual orientation', even though it meets the required school standards in every other category. Ofsted said that the school's schemes "do not pay enough regard to developing respect and tolerance" as per the Equality Act 2010. Vishnitz Girls' School has pupils aged 3 to 8.
EducationChristian Concern - 23rd June 2017
 
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