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Posted inEducation, The Secular

Bad News for Secular Education in the UK

Reading Time: 4 minutes I will now post three articles from Humanists UK that show things aren’t progressing in the UK the way secularists might hope. Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps back. Humanists UK and the National Secular Society are fighting to counteract this – please support them: More religious groups apply to open free schools […]

Posted inEducation, The Secular

Entirely the wrong direction of travel: Church of England announces 100 more church schools

Reading Time: 2 minutes From the BHA: The Church of England’s educational empire-building continues, with its recent announcement of plans to build more than 100 discriminatory Anglican ‘free schools’, which will have the legal right to select 50% of school places on the basis of religion. As if that weren’t bad enough, other major players in our sorry ‘faith’ […]

Posted inEducation, The Secular

New figures show 40% of latest Free School proposals were from faith groups

Reading Time: 3 minutes The BHA reports (and for those who do not know what “free schools” are, see here): The Department for Education (DfE) has now published the names, locations, and religious characters of all Free School applications from the ‘tenth wave’, revealing that two fifths of applications submitted were from faith groups. Defying repeated direction from the Information Commissioner’s […]

Posted inEducation, Politics

‘Free schools are a vanity project and a reckless waste of public money’

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Geoff Barton, headteacher of King Edward VI School in Suffolk, writes:

I drove in to work this morning listening to Radio 4’s Today programme. I wasn’t quick enough to avoid its regular Thought for the Day segment. But in a way I’m glad. Because straight afterwards education secretary Nicky Morgan came on, trying to defend the proposed expansion of the government’s “free schools” initiative.

From Thought for the Day to Platitude of the Day. Truly, the education secretary left no cliché unturned.

Posted inEducation, Politics

The Perfect Storm : Gove’s Teacher Shortage

Reading Time: 12 minutes For those of you who are in the teaching profession, or who are interested in politics, and how Govian free market economics is trying to usurp education, then this is fascinating. It’s a tour de force, from Disappointed Idealist:

Something hideous this way comes. It’s a teacher shortage. Nothing new there, I hear you say. But this one is going to be a cracker, and it’s one which has been manufactured by Gove and his fellow travellers.

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