This is the final posting of the school year. I’m heading off to do some reading, thinking and finding an answer to the question, ‘What does Christians in Education need to do next?’ Have a restful summer and we look forward to seeing you again in September.
Christians could be victims of a crackdown on Islamism as the government pledges a Commission for Countering Extremism which would identify and expose extremist practices and organise the defence of British values. Sadly, it is not really the slap of firm government. Rather, it represents an unwelcome continuation of the imprecise and shiftily disingenuous Counter-Extremism Strategy May delivered back in 2015. Read more
Can the battle against fake news be won in the classroom? If we give all of our young people a systematic grounding in the accumulated knowledge of mankind, when they’re exposed to something new they have important reference points to figure out if it’s nonsense or not. Of course this doesn’t guarantee that they won’t be seduced by evil ideologies or taken in by likely sounding scams, but it is much less likely to happen. Read more
A girls’ school is banning wearable activity trackers and smart watches because of concerns that pupils are skipping lunch if they fail to meet their calorie and exercise targets. Teachers at Stroud high school in Gloucestershire fear the gadgets are exacerbating some girls’ worries about their body image. Read more
The new chair of the education select committee has pledged to prioritise evidence from pupils and teachers instead of relying solely on ‘experts in quotation marks’ and ‘people from very important think-tanks’. Robert Halfon, the former skills minister who narrowly beat Nick Boles to lead the committee in a vote of MPs earlier this week, told Schools Week that he is interested in hearing from ‘people actually working in the field’ when the committee’s work gets underway. Read more