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October 2018
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Education – Scottish schools in sex education row

The Scottish government has given its backing to draft lesson plans that could effectively lower the age of consent to 13. The draft Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) curriculum suggests teaching pupils aged 12 to 14 that although sex under the age of 16 is illegal, those aged 13 and over could engage in sexual activity without fear of reprimand. Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, commented, ‘The intention of this draft resource is, in effect, to lower the age of consent without a change in legislation. This bypasses parliament and is an affront to democracy’. Norman Wells, director of the...

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September 2018
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Education – Sex education opt-out

Parents are set to lose the right to withdraw their children from sex education when their child reaches the age of 15, and primary aged children should not be withdrawn from new ‘relationships’ classes. The alarming new proposals were announced by Education Secretary Damian Hinds. He said parents should lose their right to withdraw their child in the three terms leading up to the child’s 16th birthday. Sex education will not be made compulsory in primary schools, but parents will have no opt-out from new ‘relationships education’, he said. The Department for Education said the subjects will come into force from September 2020, but for...

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August 2018
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Education – Training course for women

Church Society and Union School of Theology have launched the Priscilla Programme, a new training course for women, which will start from September 2018. The Priscilla Programme is intended to encourage and equip women to serve local churches in voluntary ministries, such as teaching Sunday school and leading Bible study groups. According to a newsletter from Church Society, the content will include in-depth biblical, theological and pastoral modules, delivered by experienced and trained women. There will be regular interactive seminars and individual tutorials, as well as video lectures and other downloadable content. It is designed to be accessible and affordable, with all the teaching delivered online. The...

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August 2018
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Education – PRTS takes over Masters course

The Pastors Academy at London Seminary has handed over its Masters in Theology (ThM) to be run by the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS), which is based in North America. From January 2019, the partnership with Westminster Theological Seminary, which currently runs the ThM, will end. In a statement, London Seminary commented: ‘We are sad our formal partnership with Westminster is drawing to a close, and are very grateful for all Westminster and so many of its faculty have selflessly given to this work in the UK over the years. But we are thrilled to have found such dynamic new partners at PRTS’. In the...

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July 2018
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Education – Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide Library

Tucked away at one end of the Westminster College in Cambridge sits a small but fabulous library collection in the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. This library is open to the public and well worth a visit. Although aimed at providing print and archive materials for research scholars and students at Cambridge University and the Cambridge Theological Federation, the collection can be browsed by visitors for free. Alternatively, for £12 a term or £36 a year, anyone may register with the library and borrow its books. What stands out about this collection is its focus on Christianity and the church in the non-western world. Whilst...

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July 2018
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Education – New Reformed Baptist Seminary

Around 50 Christian men and women gathered at London’s Barbican Centre on Saturday 21 April, their interest sparked by news of a new Reformed Baptist seminary in the USA.  The purpose of this UK launch event, and of the subsequent events planned for Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles, was to raise awareness worldwide of the planned opening of IRBS Theological Seminary from August 2018. The seminary’s president-elect, Dr. James Renihan, explained that the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies had operated happily within Westminster seminary California, since 1998, preparing men for ministry in Reformed Baptist churches.  However the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches in America (ARBCA)...

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Conference – setting up Christian schools
July 2018
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Conference – setting up Christian schools

Setting up Christian schools that will preach and proclaim the Bible is well within the grasp of ordinary Christians from all walks of life, and is instrumental in evangelising the nation, according to the founders of a heavily oversubscribed evangelical secondary school in west London. Alex Wade, chairman of Fulham Boys School (FBS), told delegates at a recent conference that a multi-academy trust, Charles Spurgeon Schools, can help other interested Christians do the same in their communities. He said churches are not the only environment to evangelise the nation, and schools have a real part to play in introducing not only children, but also parents,...

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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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