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Selective faith schools: should Labour care?

September 29th, 2013 | Posted by Editor in Events | Uncategorized

18.45 – 19.45, Wednesday 30 October, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street London WC1H 9JE
Please RSVP info@labourhumanists.org.uk or via Eventbrite.

The religiously selective admissions policies used by faith schools have been under the spotlight, with a particular focus on their effect to segregate children and families by not only by religion but on socio-economic grounds. If they really are grammar schools by the back door, should Labour support them?

Can schools being allowed to discriminate against children whose parents are not of the ‘right’ religion, and those of no religion, fit with Labour values of equality, human rights and social cohesion?

Join us to discuss religiously selective admissions policies by state-funded faith schools, what a One Nation school admissions policy should look like, and if there is room in the Manifesto 2015 for a commitment to inclusive admissions.

Speakers:

Tom new pic  Tom Copley                     andrew-copson-titel-218x218 Andrew Copson

London Assembly Member                        Chief Executive, British Humanist Association

Andrew Harrop Andrew Harrop                  Joan Smith JPG Joan Smith

General Secretary, Fabian Society          Feminist, author and columnist

Chair:

Naomi Phillips colour Naomi Phillips

Chair, Labour Humanists

Background reading!

We made a joint submission with London Assembly Member Tom Copley to Labour’s policy review specifically on discriminatory, selective admissions policies by faith schools – and why Labour should support inclusive admissions.

If you are a Labour member you can vote for our policy suggestion. If you are not a Labour member you can still register to leave a comment. Read more about our submissions to Labour.

Labour Humanists AGM (members only)

18.20 – 18.35, Wednesday 30 October.
Camden Town Hall, Judd Street London WC1H 9JE

‘Selective faith schools: should Labour care?’ (All welcome)
18.45 – 19.45 (please join us after for a glass of wine or a soft drink)

 

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  • Paul Doherty says:

    I cannot believe that people actually hold store by religion in the 21st Century. But of course, if someone wants to believe then let them.

    Where the line needs to be drawn is in public life. There can be no justification at all for any government getting involved in religion in public life. What next, entitlement to the NHS by religion? It’s farcical that in this scientific age we are still selecting education by way of religion.

    As soon as this divisive and unwarranted distraction is taken out of public life the better. How are we supposed to develop with religion hanging onto our coat tails?

    What’s more, what is the correct religion? We have muslims clammering for their relgion to be pre-eminent – as per their holy book. We have Christians moaning about being put on the back burner and clammering for more attention – like a disruly infant. Only 1 can be right – well 0 can but for the sake of argument!

    We need a secular society more than ever now and religion to be pushed back into private life where it belongs.



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