NEWS – Christians in Education

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The legal right of parents to pull their children out of religious education should be removed, head teachers have said. The National Association of Headteachers has passed a motion calling for a negotiation with the Department for Education over the legal framework which currently allows parents to remove their children from RE classes. Read more

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has said that gender segregation at an Islamic faith school is ‘totally unacceptable’ and has pledged to take action. Last week, Ofsted published an inspection report in which Rabia Girls’ and Boys’ School, in Luton, was criticised for segregating its male and female staff. EHRC chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath said: ‘Gender segregation of school staff is totally unacceptable in modern Britain outside of acts of religious worship’. Read more

It is incredibly hard for a head teacher to shout ‘rubbish’ in a crowded hall while an authority figure is speaking. It is like asking a lung specialist to smoke a cigarette. Yet that’s what happened when Nicky Morgan addressed the National Association of Head Teachers conference this week. Read more

To anyone with a passing interest in prisoner education it is clear that current levels of education and training are simply inadequate. Justice Secretary Michael Gove is quietly embarking on the most substantive prison education reform programme for a generation. In September, Gove announced that Dame Sally Coates would chair a review of the provision and quality of education in prisons, the results of which are expected shortly. Read more

Natasha Devon, appointed last August to reduce the stigma around young people’s mental health, was dropped after she hit out at primary school testing and tuition fees last week. Labour raised concerns that Ms Devon was being silenced, but the government insisted that was not the case and said she would remain on its mental health steering group. Read more

The UK has 10 universities in the top 100 of the world’s best when it comes to global reputation, but many have slipped down the rankings this year. Cambridge and Oxford remain in the top five, at fourth and fifth place respectively, but both have moved down two places on their 2015 ranking. Read more