Saturday, 10 September 2016

ConservativeHome: The treatment of Catholic schools is a “burning injustice” – a wrong that May is now set to right

ConservativeHome: The treatment of Catholic schools is a “burning injustice” – a wrong that May is now set to right


by Paul Goodman



"The injustice comes in the form of the admissions rule which requires new faith schools, when over-subscribed, to limit the number of pupils they accept on the basis of faith to fifty per cent. As an author wrote on this site, the rule “fails according to its own objective: it does little to increase the diversity of Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu schools, because for now at least they are unlikely to appeal to parents of other faiths. But the rule is effectively discriminatory for Roman Catholics: it prevents them from opening new free schools because it is almost certainly against canon law for a Catholic Bishop to set up a school that turned away Catholic pupils on the basis of their Catholicism”.

“Given that there is growing demand for Roman Catholic schools,” he continued, “which are more likely to be ethnically diverse than other schools, more likely to be in poor areas, more likely to be rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, and more likely to provide what parents want, the rule should be replaced by a legal duty on faith schools to ensure that their pupils mix – perhaps through sport, performing arts, or school visits – with children of other backgrounds.” It is reported this morning that the Government is to follow this advice. The Cameron Government resisted removing the cap. But the new Prime Minister is to scrap it."


I disagree with the grammar schools policy, but I am very happy about Theresa May's support for faith schools.

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