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April 2018
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Education – Council wades into sex education row

Barnet Council has unanimously backed a motion calling for tolerance to be shown to people of faith, allowing faith schools to teach sex education in accordance with their religious ethos. Earlier this year, the government concluded a call for evidence on the new primary school Relationships Education subject, and on secondary school Relationships and Sex Education. Many responses, not just Christians, called on the government to spend more time committing resources to better life skills, such as financial education, rather than compulsory sex education. However, the government’s response to the consultation has not been published as at the time of writing. Barnet, which has a...

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March 2018
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Education – Free Church bookstore closes

The Free Church of Scotland’s bookshop has closed its physical doors for the final time, as the denomination moves towards the provision of a new online book service. The decision to close the bookstore and move towards an online presence to increase the reach and impact of the Free Church book service was made during the last General Assembly. The closure will coincide with the retirement of Charles Douglas, who has managed the bookshop for the past 19 years. Mr Douglas said: ‘I’ve enjoyed my time at the bookshop and would like to thank everyone who has dropped in over the years. I’m looking forward...

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March 2018
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Education – Free Church School in Theology

The 66th Free Church School in Theology programme has been finalised for 2018. Speakers and subjects have now been chosen. They include Rev. E. Trevor Kirkland, speaking on ‘The Synod of Dort: causes and consequences’; Rev. William Macleod on ‘The work of Christ’ in Colossians 1:12-20; and Rev. Craig Dennison, on ‘Individual, leading personal types of Christ’. Rev. Dr Kevin Bidwell will also cover ‘What is driving identity ethics?’, while Rev. Maurice J. Roberts is to speak on ‘Personal piety in the ministry’. Also in the programme are daily prayer meetings, devotionals, book reviews and evening worship sessions. The Free Church School hopes to have...

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March 2018
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Education – Drag queen show for toddlers

Family Education Trust director Norman Wells has criticised an organisation that seeks to present the ‘fun’ of gender fluidity to toddlers, claiming this is desensitising children to their own identity. ‘Drag Queen Story Time’, supported by the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), aims to ‘capture the imagination and fun of the gender fluidity of childhood, while giving children a glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role model. By providing spaces in which kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions, we allow them to imagine the world in which people can present as they wish’. The group, which conducts reading time and mini-dramas...

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February 2018
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Education – UK lacks good RE

More than 25 per cent of Britain’s state secondary schools have struggled to meet their legal obligation to teach pupils about major religions. This was among the results of the latest analysis of the government’s school workforce census. All state-funded schools, including academies and free schools, are legally required by the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act to provide religious education (RE) as part of a balanced curriculum. However, the latest analysis has prompted the Religious Education Council and the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE) to create a new ‘State of the nation’ report. This report found 25 per cent of all schools...

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January 2018
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Education – A clarion call for Christians to impact education

According to Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world’. While I wouldn’t completely go along with Mr Mandela, I agree that education is powerful in shaping the way we think, behave and believe. It is because education is so influential that many Christians are anxious today about sending their children to state schools. They are worried what they will be taught flies in the face of biblical Christianity and frightened of the ungodly influences that will surround their children as society moves ever further away from God. The Bible makes it clear the main responsibility for educating children lies within...

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September 2017
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Education – Family Education Trust AGM

The transgender agenda is having a serious effect on school policies, the chairman of the Family Education Trust (FET) has warned. In his opening address to the 2017 annual general meeting, held in London, Arthur Cornell gave a broad overview of some key issues that had arisen in relation to the welfare of children and young people in the previous year. He referred to various ways in which the transgender agenda was having an impact on school policies, the increased incidence of online grooming and bullying, the pressures reported by social services due to a record number of ‘problem parents’, and the rise in alcohol-related...

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September 2017
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Education – Humanists pitch for SACREs

A humanist parent in Wales is challenging the Vale of Glamorgan Council at the High Court in Cardiff, over its decision to exclude a humanist representative from the local body responsible for overseeing religious education (RE) in the area. Kathy Riddick, who is also the co-ordinator of Wales Humanists, applied to join the Vale of Glamorgan’s standing advisory council on RE (SACRE) as the humanist member, last year. However, she was denied membership, even though a number of other religious representatives are already members of the SACRE. Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanists Association) has joined Ms Riddick as a claimant in the case. Ms...

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