Religious leaders call for shake-up of faith schools

A coalition of religious leaders are calling for a "rebalancing" of faith schools, including making sure parents do not use religion to try to gain a place at a popular school.

The Accord Coalition says it is also concerned that some faith schools are "blinkering children's educational experiences".

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Faith schools 'can give priority when oversubscribed'

The Government has said faith schools can only "give priority to children of their own faith if they are oversubscribed" as they weigh into a proposed shake-up from religious leaders.

The Accord Coalition wants admissions standards for faith schools to be relaxed so children of different religions can join.

in a statement the Department of Education said:

Existing faith schools can choose to give priority to children of their own faith if they are oversubscribed. We are clear however that all newly-created faith free schools and academies may only prioritise half their places according to faith if they are oversubscribed. Where places are available, faith schools must offer them to all children who apply, regardless of their faith.

– Department of Education Spokeswoman

Religious leaders call for shake-up of faith schools

A coalition of religious leaders are calling for a "rebalancing" of faith schools, including making sure parents do not use religion to try to gain a place at a popular school.

The Accord Coalition says it is also concerned that some faith schools are "blinkering children's educational experiences".

We write as religious leaders from a broad spectrum of faith groups who are united in our concern over the way faith schools currently operate - both because of their impact on the children that attend them, and their effect on society at large,"

– Accord Coalition

Among the measures in their six-point manifesto is making sure state-funded schools are only allowed to select 50% of pupils on the basis of their religion.

Among the other points is ensuring teachers are not employed on the basis of their faith and doing away with compulsory collective worship in schools.

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