Key Quotes - Education

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After it emerged that Aberystwyth Student’s Union planned to vote on removing Bibles from student’s rooms, the university issued a statement in February stating they had no plans to remove the Bibles.
EducationEvangelicals Now - April 2015
 
Britain's largest teaching union has said that schools should be required to portray same-sex relationships positively. A motion passed at the National Union of Teachers' conference also called for schools to promote 'LGBT History Month' and to develop a curriculum that is "inclusive of LGBT issues." General Secretary Christine Blower urged all political parties to back the plan.
EducationChristian Concern - 11th April 2015
 
Ofsted has warned that many secondary schools in England are not making sufficient progress. The school inspector’s chief, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said that secondary schools have ‘stalled’ and that they need to concentrate on the basics, after almost a third were reported as not being good enough. Wilshaw also said that 170,000 pupils are in inadequate secondary schools, close to 70,000 more than two years ago.
EducationYouthwork - February 2015
 
In an aggressive move to position itself as the intellectual centre of the Muslim world, Turkey announced in late October plans to open an Islamic university similar to Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the oldest and most respected centre of Islamic learning. Ankara’s announcement comes amid years of legal stonewalling for Turkey’s Christian minorities to build their own seminaries.
EducationEvangelicals Now - January 2015
 
Students in a New York High school are claiming that their Christian club was denied the right to meet on campus by the school administration. Liz Loverde, a pupil at the school, said that she had the idea to form ‘Dare to Believe’ as an outlet for students to escape the trials of high school. The 16 year-old student says that the school administration denied the club’s status because it was faith-based and not permitted on campus.
EducationEvangelicals Now - January 2015
 
The Humanist Society Scotland is calling on the Scottish Parliament to force teachers to promote same sex marriage, even if it contravenes their religious conscience, it was reported in mid-November. Responding to draft sex and relationship education guidance for schools, the HSS said that allowing faith schools to uphold a traditional marriage view ‘goes against equality’.
EducationEvangelicals Now - January 2015
 
The cost of creating places for the 880,000 extra pupils expected in England by 2023 could push schools to breaking point, council leaders warn. The Local government association fears the demand for school places could soon reach tipping point with no more space or money to extend schools. The LGA wants the government to fully fund the cost of the extra places, calculated to run to £12bn. Official government figures, published last year, project that by 2023 there will be a total of 8,022,000 pupils in England’s schools – up from 7,143,000 in the current academic year.
EducationThe Sentinel - 14th January 2015
 
Schoolchildren in Florida have been given a colouring book which shows off the beliefs and values of devil worship. The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities shows children how to draw an inverted pentagram round an image of Satan. The book was produced after Florida’s conservative Christian school board allowed Bibles to be handed out in schools but banned atheist books. Local anti-religion groups then produced the satanic book of activities – which the religious school board is now obliged to hand out.
EducationBible Society - 23rd January 2014
 
Parents of pupils at Durham Free School have expressed their outrage after the school was told to close after inspectors called it an educational failure and said some children displayed ‘discriminatory views’ toward people of other faiths. The response came after pupils at the Christian school were asked a series of questions regarding homosexuality and Islam.
EducationBible Society - 23rd January 2014
 
The Principal of Grindon Hall Christian School, in Sunderland, has complained that 10-year-old children were asked by Ofsted inspectors about lesbian sex and transsexuality to test whether it was complying with new requirements to promote ‘British values’. Inspectors also asked children as young as six about their knowledge of Hindu festivals and the Jewish Torah as part of a special inspection in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal.
EducationBible Society - 16th January 2015
 
The Department for Education (DfE) has accepted some key arguments from The Christian Institute in its guidance documents relating to controversial regulations for schools. The new guidance, issued to every school in England, includes important safeguards regarding the Government’s definition of ‘British values’.
EducationThe Christian Institute - 12th December 2014
 
The Catholic Education Service has revealed that 31 per cent of pupils in Catholic secondary schools are from ethnic minority backgrounds, against 25 per cent nationally. The census comes just a week before the Catholic Church launches Bible Sunday to help people engage more deeply with the words of Scripture.
EducationBible Society - 5th December 2014
 
Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Red Coat Church of England School in Tower Hamlets, failed to protect children from Islamic extremism, according to Ofsted inspectors. They allege that the inner-city Church of England school, which is in a heavily Muslim area, neglected to monitor the activities of an Islamic society set up by sixth formers.
EducationBible Society - 21st November 2014
 
One in four British teachers say more Bible and other sacred texts in the curriculum would improve community cohesion, rising to one in three teachers for primary schools. The findings, which are part of a nationwide YouGov study for Bible Society, come as the government consults on new criteria for the teaching of religious studies in schools and as Bible Society held a debate on the role of sacred texts in school at Parliament which was chaired by Fiona Bruce MP.
EducationBible Society - 21st November 2014
 
The website Netmums has found that parents are unhappy that the traditional story of the nativity is only being shown in a third of schools and has, instead, been replaced by ‘Winter Celebrations’ or an ‘End of Year Concert’. Two thirds (65 per cent) of parents whose school doesn’t hold a traditional nativity would like it to. A further 13 per cent planned to teach their child the Christmas story at home.
EducationBible Society - 5th December 2014
 
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