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A faith school is a school that teaches a general curriculum but which has a particular religious character or formal links with a religious organisation
Rowan Williams Former Archbishop of CanterburyThe often-forgotten fact that church schools are the main educational presence in some of our most deprived communities means that it simply can't be said that these schools somehow have a policy of sanitising or segregating.
Tariq Ahmad British Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United NationsWe must educate our children to understand other religions, in the hope that the next generation will be wiser than those that have come before it. And schools can play this role, including faith schools.
Kenneth Stevenson Former Bishop of PortsmouthThe Church of England supports Muslim and Jewish and other faith schools. Their existence will itself be a powerful sign of the secure place of their adherents in Britain. They should promote self-respect and self-confidence in their pupils, the best antidote to discord and violence.
David Cameron Former UK Prime MinisterI think faith schools are an important part of our system, I support them and I would like if anything to see them grow. I think faith organisations bring often a sort of culture and ethos to a school that can help it improve and I’m a strong supporter personally and politically.
Tony Blair Prime Minister of the UK from 1997 to 2007Does it instil respect and understanding, an open mind, open to inquiry, at ease with diversity, ready to learn more about other faiths? Or does it create a closed mind, a mindset vulnerable to fear, distrust and coercion, a world where “error has no rights”? In short is it good religion or bad religion? I believe the overwhelming number of our faith schools fall into the first category. They p... See More
Theresa May Prime minister of the United KingdomWe do believe it is important to enable more faith schools to be set up and more faith schools to expand.
Justin Welby Archbishop of CanterburyWe live in a country where an overarching story, which is the framework for explaining life, has more or less disappeared. We have a world of unguided and competing narratives, where the only common factor is the inviolability of personal choice, which means that for schools that are not of a religious character, confidence in any personal sense of ultimate values has diminished. Utilitarianism ru... See More
Church of England We're a Christian presence in every community across England. Follow us to learn more about th...engagement with children and young people in schools will, in the words of the late Lord Runcie when he was Archbishop of Canterbury, enable the Church to: “Nourish those of the faith; Encourage those of other faiths; Challenge those who have no faith."
Toby Young British journalistWhat parents who complain about being excluded from faith schools don’t understand is that the reason they’re above average — which is why they want to send their children to them in the first place — is precisely because of their religious ethos. To a great extent, that ethos depends upon being able to reserve a majority of their places for children of a particular faith. It follows that if the s... See More
Benedict Brogan Group Public Affairs Director, Lloyds Banking GroupThey [faith schools] feel besieged by a Government that is using its statutory powers to challenge their very reason for being: the right to make faith and a commitment to it the deciding factor in admissions. Cristina Odone had it right...when she argued that to defend the rights of faith schools was to defend the right of parents to a school ethos that matches the one they promote at home.
Peter Hitchens Author, journalistAnd I have little doubt that these schools are generally better than their secular equivalents partly (but not wholly) because they are selective. Selection, alas, is the foundation of authority in schools, and those which have little or none tend to be anarchic, unless they come under the leadership of those rare charismatic heads whose personality is so strong that they could have quelled the Mu... See More
Vincent Nichols Cardinal Vincent Nichols is Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster @rcwestminster & President of tA Catholic school is a response to the proper and legitimate expectations that parents can look to the state to help them to educate their children in the faith and way of life which is precious to them. In this way a Catholic school contributes to social cohesion by respecting the rights of parents and by maintaining educational diversity. This parental right is enshrined in European Conventions ... See More
Catholic Education Service Catholic Bishops' agency for education. We support the work of the 2,222 Catholic schools & HEThe first key reason why Catholic schools are established, then, is to be part of the Church’s mission in education, to place Christ and the teaching of the Catholic Church at the centre of people’s lives.
Linda Woodhead Professor Lancaster University | culture, religion, valuesSo long as parents want their children to get the best qualifications, so long as politicians of left and right support parental choice and high academic standards, and so long as faith schools maintain these standards, the debate can rage, but faith schools are not going away.
Tina Beattie Writer, broadcasterThere’s a difference between religious schools (which teach religion) and faith schools (which teach the national curriculum). I support state funding for the latter. Religious parents pay taxes and are entitled to a reasonable choice in education. Where is the evidence that religious instruction is ‘bad for society’? Secular society must accommodate a genuine plurality of beliefs and values in ed... See More
Keith Porteous Wood President of the National Secular Society...faith schools generally have higher standards: broadly because of their unique ability to operate religiously selective admissions policies, which are known to work against children from less affluent backgrounds. Were that privilege to be taken away, the preference for faith schools would soon evaporate.
Steve Sinnott Former general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, UKThere is a view that the promotion of greater influence of faith groups in running our schools could be detrimental to community cohesion and social cohesion and could promote ethnic segregation.
Jonathan Romain Rabbi, writerThere is a real danger that the growth in faith schools today will be blamed in 30 years’ time for the social disharmony then. It is not too late to reverse that trend, if we want a society that has diversity within unity, not at the expense of it.
Margaret Knight Psychologist, humanist...in a climate of thought that is increasingly unfavourable to these beliefs, it is a mistake to try to impose them on children, and to make them the basis of moral training. The moral education of children is much too important a matter to be built on such foundations.
Faith schools force-feed their pupils in the same way foie gras producers force-feed their geese, except instead of fat livers you get closed minds. Picking one faith to demonise for all that while overlooking the same offences by others is, well, uneducated. We have a system of education which everybody in Britain pays into, but does not have an equal right to access. Faith schools exist purely b... See More