Teachers have a tough job trying to balance the needs of pupils from diverse backgrounds, says Simon Barrow. Trying to do so is not ‘political correctness’. It’s humanly decent, educationally necessary - and Christianly desirable, too.
The head teacher of a Devon school has defended its actions in relation to the mother of a young child who upset a classmate by telling her that she would "go to hell" if she did not believe in God and Jesus.
The British Humanist Association has issued legal proceedings against the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority over their decision not to allow the study of Humanism in a Religious Studies GCSE in the same way as religions are studied.
The British Humanist Association (BHA) has called on the government to support the new report from Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights which calls for children to be given the right to withdraw from worship in schools.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews has advertised for a Muslim schools adviser to develop links between Jewish, Muslim and other minority faith schools, amid concerns about social cohesion among children educated separately.
Among secular groups there is puzzlement and annoyance that government continues to 'pander' to weakened churches in areas like public service provision. This is because, says Jonathan Bartley, they have not grasped the mutual interests involved. These are as much a threat to the churches as an advantage.
Hard-line Christian groups who say mild-mannered Harry Potter is an occult conspiracy are unlikely to be reassured by news that one of its key characters is gay - even though JK Rowling has confirmed the series is based on Christian themes.