Humanist shock at report on independent faith schools

The BHA has responded to a report by Ofsted into independent faith schools, which revealed that twelve independent religious schools ‘raised concerns about any requirement to teach details of other faiths’.

Andrew Copson, BHA director of education, said, ‘The standards according to which these schools were inspected constitute a very low threshold – and even so there is cause for concern in what the inspection has uncovered. We have significant concerns about how some independent schools can undermine understanding between people with different religious and non-religious beliefs.’

For further comment or information, contact Andrew Copson on 020 7462 4992.

Ofsted Report Oct 09

There is no excuse for deceiving children. And when, as must happen in conventional families, they find that their parents have lied, they lose confidence in them and feel justified in lying to them.
Bertrand Russell


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