The government has again reiterated its commitment to increasing the number of state-funded faith schools, releasing a joint statement with representatives from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu groups.
The British Humanist Association's Education Officer, Andrew Copson has condemned the statement, saying ‘To expand state-funded faith schools is to increase discrimination in school admissions against pupils and their parents and to increase employment discrimination against teachers. It means more pupils will be segregated by religion and ethnicity and denied the right to a fully balanced education or to school with children from different backgrounds and learn with and from them.'
Worryingly the schools secretary Ed Balls, speaking at the launch of the statement in London, pointed out that faith organisations had "a long and noble tradition" in education, from medieval times, through the Reformation, to the present day. Now, I'm no expert on faith schools circa 1500-1700, but I can't imagine they spent the Reformation promoting the "interaction between different faiths and communities" that the government so hopes to gain from its faith schools agenda.