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All articles & reviews tagged with ofsted

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June 2020
News > Ethics

Adoption agency legal action

A Christian adoption and fostering agency which finds homes for children with complex needs has gone to court because officials have said its Christian ethos is discriminatory. Ofsted — which is responsible for inspecting such agencies — downgraded the Cornerstone agency because it holds to a biblical view of marriage. Supporters of the Cornerstone…

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January 2020
News > Education

Stonewall made false claims of Ofsted scrutiny

Britain’s primary schools should not be intimidated into creating a pro-LGBT curriculum, the Christian Institute has warned. Last year, a guide published by gay rights lobby group Stonewall made the assertion that Ofsted, the government’s education watchdog, would be ‘watching schools’ to make sure that lessons have been made LGBT-inclusive. The 60-page guide says,…

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April 2019
News > Education

Ofsted told to keep out of ‘identity politics’

Ofsted should focus on the quality of education and not ‘identity politics’, says The Christian Institute. The group called for the government inspectorate to ditch its obsession with forcing primary school children to learn about same-sex relationships. It comes in the wake of remarks made to the BBC by the head of Ofsted, Amanda…

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February 2019
News > Society

Warning over government’s Sunday school safeguarding consultation

Warning bells have been sounded over the government’s plans to introduce a ‘voluntary’ safeguarding code of conduct for out of school settings like Sunday schools and church youth groups. Concerns are being raised that the Department of Education is hinting at regulation and the consultation has prompted fears that new controls could be foisted…

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September 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Gov’t cannot silence faith schools

The UK government’s attempt to silence church schools on gay marriage is ‘legally flawed’, a human rights expert has warned. According to Professor Christopher McCrudden, a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, moves by the Department for Education (DfE) to penalise schools that refuse to recognise same-sex marriages would be ‘not consistent’ with the European Convention…

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May 2018
News > Society

Society – British values

Government plans to create ‘integrated communities’ could end up marginalising Christian schools, according to reports. Building on the Casey Review in 2016, the 80-page Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper, published in March, aims to promote British values and improve community integration rather than segregation. While the Green Paper rejects a proposal to regulate sharia…

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Church – Youth work and Ofsted

News

May 2018
News > Church news

Church – Youth work and Ofsted

Churches will not be inspected as part of government attempts to counter extremism, the Department for Education has confirmed. Under the approach first mooted by David Cameron, any setting which provided instruction to children for more than six hours a week could have been inspected by Ofsted. But amid strong concerns from groups including The…

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