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Top judge leads calls to scrap mandatory daily Christian worship in UK schools

Discussion in 'Education news' started by FrankWolley, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Sounds common sense to me:


    Schools should no longer face a legal requirement to provide daily acts of worship of a Christian character, under radical reforms being proposed by a top-level inquiry into the place of faith in multicultural Britain.

    The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, led by former high court judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, also recommends curtailing the segregation of children by faith and a radical overhaul of the teaching of belief to make it more realistic and relevant in a diverse and increasingly secular country.
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  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Come on then, FF, how else are children expected to get their ethics if not by immersion in a nice, warm shallow pond of Christianity at school?
  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Having some experience of a faith school for the last decade I can safely say that the daily act of worship was paid lip service and only about 40% actually receive it.

    While not supporting it, I'm not that bothered about it. Not sure why it has to be Christian when other faiths have their faith schools.
  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    It is possible for a school to get a determination to adopt a different religious character.
  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Ah... was under the impression it had to be Christian...

    Can it adopt a humanist character? :)
  6. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    I'm not sure anyone has tried. 'Humanists' only seem interested in telling people what they can't do (ironically enough) and not so interested in doing anything useful themselves.
  7. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    My last school was a CoE Academy and insisted on Act of Worship to the extent that they did Act of Worship observations and graded them 1 to 4. I refused to do the Act of Worship (as was my right). I knew my card was marked.

    Oh and many of the so called Christian senior staff rarely practised what they preached.

    This out of date Act should be repealed and there should be no faith schools of any denomination.
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  8. George_Randle

    George_Randle Senior commenter

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