KNOWLEDGE – Christians in Education

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Prayer Spaces in Schools has launched a new website this week.  If you’ve not met them before, Prayer Spaces in Schools enable children and young people, of all faiths and none, to explore life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. Taking a broadly Christian perspective as a starting point, prayer spaces give children and young people an opportunity to develop skills of personal reflection and to explore prayer in an open, inclusive and safe environment. Visit the new site

The Evangelical Alliance election website is growing – this week saw the addition of an Education page to the policy section of the site. It provides an overview and some issues to consider. Further articles will follow, offering information and a Christian perspective, to help readers understand the education issues which will form part of what promises to be a a lively election debate.  Read more

The UKIP website carries a Policies for the People statement, outlining  their views on the economy, jobs, debt reduction, the NHS, immigration and the military. It also includes seven statements about education. Read more

Free speech? Not, apparently, at four in five of UK Universities. Research from the online magazine Spiked shows that 80% of universities have already shown to have either restricted or actively censored free speech on campus beyond the requirements of the law. Under the new Prevent legislation, this will be extended. Read more

Ofsted this week announced the new criteria for inspection from September 2015, following  reforms. There will be four new areas for inspection which echo the current criteria. Inspections will also be shorter, but more frequent, for stronger schools in order  to ensure that leaders are monitoring safeguarding and the breadth of the curriculum. Read more  Read the consultation report

Nursery World offers details of a new website to support those working with disabled children. The Disability Matters website features e-learning resources to support organisations, workers and volunteers across all sectors to develop the communication and problem-solving skills required to work confidently with disabled children. Read more  Visit the site

When Labour finally shows its hand on tuition fees in England’s universities it’s going to be one of the biggest calls of the election campaign. Whether Ed Miliband sticks with £9,000 or goes for a cut to £6,000 or a switch to a graduate tax it’s going to trigger a blizzard of stories about student debt. But are we missing something much more pressing? Read more