Key Quotes - Education

Key Quotes - Education

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Last update: Wednesday 16th October
 
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
 
Thousands of UK school children are to receive lessons in 'Mindfulness'. Around 3,000 children aged 11-14 will receive instruction in mindfulness, with a similar number acting as a control group. Researchers will seek to measure the practice's effect on mental and physical wellbeing. As Dr Peter Jones and Dr Joe Boot explain, mindfulness has Buddhist origins and promotes a worldview incompatible with gospel truth.
EducationChristian Concern - 25th July 2015
 
Research shows that most teenagers don’t regard their Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) provision as being particularly useful and most adult professionals working with teenagers agree. In particular, students feel that it focuses too much on facts and the mechanics of reproduction, with little opportunity to explore relationships or emotions.
EducationFamilies First – July/August 2015
 
The government announced at the end of March that children from age 11 should be taught about sexual consent. The lessons are planned for mixed and single-sex state and independent schools in every part of England. The plans are being drawn up by the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) Association, an organisation set up in 2006 to oversee PSHE teaching. PSHE will not be made a compulsory subject, according to Conservative plans. The introduction to the draft document, which is due to be launched this year, says young people should be taught about consent before they are sexually active. This, according to the document, does not equate to encouraging underage sexual activity, but in may protect children from exploitation and abuse.
EducationEvangelicals Now - May 2015
 
The next Free Church of Scotland Moderator, David Robertson has accused the British Humanist Association of “sheer hypocrisy” after it emerged that they would be distributing books promoting atheism to every secondary school in Scotland. The distribution of ‘The Young Atheists Handbook: Lessons for Living a Good Life without God’ comes just a few months after the Humanist Society of Scotland secured a ban on a Christian book from Scottish primary schools.
EducationChristian Concern - 23rd May 2015
 
Students at a Welsh university have voted to remove thousands of Bibles from halls of residence, in a move being described as “illiberal and intolerant”. A motion passed at an Aberystwyth University Students’ Union meeting, called for an end to the tradition of having Gideon Bibles in students’ bedrooms, branding it “inappropriate in a multicultural university”.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 22nd May 2015
 
Parents are splashing out more than £40 million on their children’s school uniform every year. New research by The Children’s Society has found parents in Stoke-on-Trent are spending £10 million on uniform, bags, coats and sports equipment. And a further £33 million is forked out in the rest of Staffordshire. It means each family is spending an average of £251 for each child at a primary school and £316 for a high school pupil.
EducationThe Sentinel - 4th March 2015
 
A proposal from the Department for Education will involve an update to the Religious Studies curriculum. The change in criteria for Religious Studies GCSEs will force students to study two religions for the first time.
EducationYouthwork - January 2015
 
A pressure group has claimed that guidance around sex and relationships education suggests that sex at 13 is ‘normal’. Sarah Carter, from the Family Education Trust, told a group of school MPs that the ‘traffic light tool’ used in some schools was ‘unlawful’. Ms Carter said the tool suggested underage sexual activity was ‘normal behaviour and development’.
EducationYouthwork - January 2015
 
The new framework for Ofsted’s school inspections will require schools to teach e-safety in order to achieve a good outstanding grade. This is part of an effect to ensure that schools keep up with the ever-changing digital world and recognise the importance of safe online behaviour.
EducationYouthwork - October 2014
 
It has been revealed that Ofsted did not interview any pupils or parents for the inquiry into the way its inspectors interviewed children at Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland and Durham Free School. Supporters of the schools have accused the Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw of misleading MPs by telling a Commons committee that there had been a ‘thorough’ investigation into the claims.
EducationBible Society - 8th May 2015
 
Labour has come under fire for pledging to make sex education compulsory for children as young as five if the Party wins the General Election. The shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said that the plans, backed by homosexual lobby group Stonewall, are part of a wider strategy to eradicate ‘homophobic bullying’.
EducationChristian Institute - 6th February 2015
 
The guidance behind schools’ regulator Ofsted’s ‘inappropriate’ questioning of ten-year-olds about lesbians has been revealed. The Daily Mail reported that inspectors are briefed to ask pupils as young as four about homosexuality, transsexualism and same-sex parents, but there is no reference to families with both a mum and a dad.
EducationChristian Institute - 6th February 2015
 
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