Key Quotes - Education

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A campaign to persuade more people to teach religious education has been a success. Figures have shown a 31 per cent rise in applicants for teaching roles in R.E. – up from 650 to 850 a year ago.
EducationBible Society - 26th February 2016
 
At least 21 'illegal' UK schools are being investigated, over fears children are being exposed to "narrow Islamic-focused curriculums". This follows Sir Michael Wilshaw stating his intention to investigate all faith schools. Currently there is no evidence that Christian schools are operating illegally.
EducationChristian Concern - 20th February 2016
 
The Education Secretary ordered officials in late December to review home education in England over fears that parents could be ‘poisoning` their children’s minds.
EducationEvangelicals Now - February 2016
 
It has been heralded as the biggest change in the school system for decades. Chancellor George Osbourne used his budget speech yesterday to reveal that all state schools will be expected to be academies by 2022. Teaching unions claim the plan is an ‘ideological step too far’, which will remove democratic accountability and won’t be in the best interests of children.
EducationThe Sentinel – 17 March 2016
 
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced that the government plans to limit complaints over faith schools' admission policies. The new plans are intended to prevent complaints from outside the local community, which can burden school admission systems. They will also prevent secular campaign groups from bringing "vexatious complaints" against faith schools. Only local parents or the local authority will be allowed to lodge a complaint against a school.
EducationChristian Concern - 30th January 2016
 
Four out of 10 teachers have experienced violence from pupils in the past year, a survey for the ATL teachers union suggests. Of those who had experienced violence, 77% said they had been pushed, and around half were kicked or had an object thrown at them.
EducationBBC News - 1st February 2016
 
Secularist campaign groups are to be stopped from making "vexatious complaints" against the admissions systems of individual faith schools.
EducationBBC News - 25th January 2016
 
New research by the University of Cardiff shows there is a very real link between how well a child performs in exams and getting a healthy breakfast. A study of 5,000 children aged between nine and 11 showed children are twice as likely to score higher than average marks in assessments at 11 if they have a healthy breakfast in the morning.
EducationThe Sentinel - 18th November 2015
 
Censorship is increasing on British university campuses, with over half imposing serious restrictions on expression, new figures have shown. According to new analysis by Spiked, 55% of campuses banned speakers, behaviours, pressure groups and songs in 2015, rising from 41% in 2014.
EducationChristian Concern - 23rd January 2016
 
Schools in England do not need to give non-religious views "equal air time" and should still teach that the UK is principally a Christian country, guidelines say.
EducationBBC News - 28th December 2015
 
Schools do not have to teach humanism on an equal footing with religious views, revised Department for Education guidance has said.
EducationChristian Institute - 8th January 2016
 
GCSE and A-level exams have been shifted to accommodate Muslim students who fast during Ramadan. The Joint Council for Qualifications has moved some exams forward in light of the Islamic holy month, it was revealed in a Commons education committee meeting on Wednesday.
EducationChristian Concern - 9th January 2016
 
The Church of England is struggling to find enough Christian head teachers to lead its 4,700 primary and secondary schools. The 4,500 primary schools and 200 secondary schools which are among the best in the country and are highly sought-after by parents, are having to recruit from other faiths or none at all to fill the posts.
EducationBible Society - 2nd October 2015
 
A Christian law school must change its code of conduct to embrace homosexuality to keeps its accreditation, a court ruled in July. Trinity Western University (TWU) in British Columbia had planned to open a law school which followed a Christian ‘community covenant’ next year. Students would not be permitted to engage in ‘sexually intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman’. TWU said that the ruling violated their rights as a religious institution and plans to appeal.
EducationEvangelicals Now - September 2015
 
The number of pupils taking Religious Studies has fallen by 67 per cent in the past three years. The 'short' version of the course counts as half a GCSE and has been removed from Department of Education performance tables. The National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) blamed this on the fall.
EducationBible Society - 21st August 2015
 
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