Working in an educational establishment and knowing a fair few teachers elsewhere, I saw some ecstatic people yesterday when the news of Michael Gove’s departure from the Department of Education was announced. It’s been incredible witnessing the levels of joy… Read More ›
Worship of a Christian character in schools is neither ‘meaningless’ nor ‘nonsense’
“The concept of compulsory worship has always been a nonsense. Schools have long wanted the government to take on the bishops in the House of Lords and change the law. School assemblies are a valuable way to reinforce the ethos… Read More ›
Without a moral compass British values lose their way and now we’re seeing the consequences
A little late to the party on this… Over the last few weeks a battle for the heart and soul of our schools has intensified as we’ve witnessed the repercussions of the Trojan Horse episode that has engulfed a handful of Birmingham… Read More ›
“It absolutely blew me away” – the power of prayer spaces in schools
Regular readers of this blog will know that I work in an education establishment and over the last few years since qualifying as a teacher I’ve seen time for anything other than academic work squeezed out bit by bit. My… Read More ›
Bashing faith schools with big blunt instruments can’t detract from their success
In the world of business, if a company was producing a better product than many of its competitors, was known as much for the quality of its ethos as its results and had demand significantly outstripping supply, we would judge… Read More ›
Cultural religion may be declining but atheism is not filling its shoes
At the end of last week the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, Aaqil Ahmed gave a damning appraisal of the current state of religious understanding in Britain. ‘The public has such “poor religious literacy” that a modern audience would be baffled… Read More ›
Christian groups supporting schools: Secularists see exploitation where schools see a service
Today’s post is an immediate response by Danny Webster to an inflammatory report released today by the National Secular Society attacking the work of Christian groups who offer their services to schools. Danny blogs at the curiously entitled Broken Cameras and Gustav Klimt… Read More ›
Are faith schools really ‘selecting wealthy pupils by the back door’?
It’s not entirely surprising that alongside the start of this new academic year there has been another bust-up over the role of faith schools, their admissions policies and whether they should exist at all or not. Over the last week… Read More ›
Malala Yousafzai, Jesus and the power of resurrection
It was impossible not to be inspired listening to Malala Yousafzai yesterday as she addressed the UN General Assembly on her sixteenth birthday, exactly nine months after she had been shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt… Read More ›
Can anyone seriously think that faith schools are a form of child abuse?
Oh dear. The British Humanist Association (BHA) have been attempting to stir up trouble again. Given that they employ someone full-time to run campaigns against faith schools, it’s not surprising that they’ve managed to find another way to try to cause mischief…. Read More ›
Is it really ‘McCarthyite’ to ask teachers at Catholic schools to make a declaration of faith?
Not long after I started out as a full-time youth worker I visited my local school and innocently asked the Head of RE if they were a Christian.The reaction I received was probably about the same as if I’d asked her… Read More ›
Just how Christian should Church schools be?
The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard is on a mission. He wants to see those children attending Church of England schools to get the best Christian education that they can. As chairman of the Church’s board of education… Read More ›
Does the Cervical Cancer Jab make girls more promiscuous?
There were a couple of news items yesterday that had the secularists up in arms. One was The British Humanist Association (BHA) complaining about proposed ‘Creationist’ Free schools getting approval from the Department for Education. The BHA has subsequently been… Read More ›
Is homophobic bullying really worse in faith schools?
Last week the gay lobbying group Stonewall published a major report entitled ‘The School Report‘ on the experiences of gay young people in Britain’s schools today. It is the second in a long-term study commissioned by Stonewall and carried out by the… Read More ›
The breakdown of our society in numbers
Last week Secretary of State, Iain Duncan Smith, launched a new government paper entitled ‘Social Justice: transforming lives’. This report seeks to address the challenge of lifting families and individuals out of poverty in our country. It starts of by… Read More ›
Can the Church do anything about youth unemployment in our country?
Whilst unemployment is bad news for anyone, it is particularly heartbreaking to see so many young people out of work. The latest round of statistics came out this morning and show that unemployment among 16 to 24 year-olds is now running… Read More ›