Monday, 19 March 2012

Church of England planning to open 200 new schools

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In a report to be a released later this week, the Church of England will reveal plans to open at least 200 new schools, adding to the 4,800 state schools it currently runs.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the plans, which will also involve rebranding existing schools and providing advice to non-church schools on how to improve their religious education programmes, are intended to "reinvigorate" Anglican schools and tackle what the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, describes as “the level of religious illiteracy in our society”.

Outlining the plans, Pritchard appeared to take aim at secularism, referring to the current conflicts between religious and secular values. “The whole national context," explained the Bishop, "is one in which secularist debates, whether it be on equality, gay marriage, employment in schools, a whole range of things, are bringing up the issues of secularist versus [religious] approaches to society’s life.”

The full report will be released on Friday.
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