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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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August 2017
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Education – Turkey and evolution

Turkey’s plans, announced in June 2017, to banish the teaching of evolution in schools have been met with disquiet and cries of outrage. It is important that Christians respond in a rational and gracious way. Turkey’s head of curriculum for the ministry of education said that Darwin’s theory of evolution was ‘controversial’ and schools would no longer be covering the subject. This policy aligns Turkey with Saudi Arabia, which also forbids the teaching of evolution in schools. Commentators have pointed out that evolutionary theory is not widely accepted among religious Muslims in Turkey, and suggest that the new policy is part of President Erdogan’s provision...

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August 2017
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Education – Flourish for women

London Seminary has launched a course for women to start in September this year. The course, called Flourish, will run for nine days of lecturing, study and discussion, spread over the course of the academic year. It aims at biblical and theological depth, together with practical application. It meets at the seminary site in Finchley, North London. Flourish is for women who want to be more thoroughly equipped to serve. It is designed for women active in ministry in the local church, including ministry wives. According to London Seminary, the course will cover everything from the doctrine of God, to supporting parents, to responding biblically...

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July 2017
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Education – Forty years of London Seminary

London Seminary celebrates 40 years of training men for pastoral ministry this year. Established under the leadership of Martyn Lloyd-Jones and others in 1977, London Theological Seminary (as it then was) had one aim: to prepare men called by God to preach the gospel and pastor Christ’s people. As its constitution puts it, the seminary was to teach the ‘great truths recovered at the Reformation’. Outgoing principal Robert Strivens said, ‘In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, we give thanks to God for the joy and privilege of teaching those same truths, rooted in Scripture, to future preachers and pastors today. ‘Over the years,...

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July 2017
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Education – New principal for London Seminary

The board of London Seminary has appointed Bill James, pastor of Emmanuel Church in Leamington Spa, as the next principal of the seminary. He will take up the post in January 2018. He follows in the footsteps of current principal Robert Strivens, who is to step down from the post at the end of July 2017. David Green, vice-principal, will be acting principal in the meantime. Mr James, who has been at Emmanuel since 1991, trained for the ministry at Toronto Baptist Seminary, and for many years has been involved in training men for various ministries, both in the UK and overseas. Before entering the...

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