• Church schools hit by related-party transaction rules

    Trusts with church schools face having to disclose minor transactions such as lending minibuses to each other under new government rules. From next month, trusts will have to declare to the Education and Skills Funding Agency all payments they make to related parties in advance, with payments exceeding £20,000 needing government approval. Some trusts have

    7.00 Mar. 1st, 2019 | News

  • Diocese blocks secular trust takeover bid

    A secular multi-academy trust has been blocked by a local diocese from taking over two Church of England primary schools, one of which is now set to close. The South Farnham Educational Trust (SFET), which runs three ‘outstanding’ primary schools, was rejected by the diocese of Guildford to take over the ‘inadequate’ Ripley CofE Primary

    7.00 May. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Church of England prepares for closure of village schools

    The Church of England may have to close some of its small rural schools as problems with funding, teacher supply and building maintenance get worse. It oversees 70 per cent of schools in the smallest category, those with fewer than 110 pupils, which means that the challenges facing most schools in the country – teacher

    7.00 May. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Stop bashing Catholic schools and let us educate children

    As secular campaigners intensify their vocal opposition to faith schools, Andrew Cole charts the battle his Catholic voluntary aided school faced to open in west London. Ever since Theresa May announced plans to scrap the 50 per cent admissions cap for new faith free schools, secular campaigners have been unable to hide their disdain. Piece

    5.00 Feb. 5th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Removing faith selection cap will increase segregation, say humanists

    Allowing faith schools to select their entire intake will lead to increased segregation, the British Humanist Association has claimed. Analysis of government statistics by the BHA has revealed that schools which can choose their entire roll based on pupils’ faith are less diverse than those subject to a 50 per cent cap on the number

    17.23 Sep. 30th, 2016 | News