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Opinion: State Funded Faith Schools

Laura writes about State Funded Faith Schools

Opinion: State Funded Faith Schools
State funded faith schools are considered to be a long standing example of English history to many, with their characteristics including the adaptation of certain acts of religious worship or symbolism into the school day, such as morning prayer and assemblies focused on a religious message.

Faith schools are also now more diverse than ever before following the 1997-2007 Labour government, which expanded state funded faith schools to include not just Christian and Jewish schools, but also those of Muslim, Sikh and Hindu faiths.

Plenty of people see the value in faith schools, to the extent to which they account for approximately one third of all English state funded schools. However, with increasing secularisation comes increasing scepticism about the value and fairness of them, with notable points of concern being that exemptions in the 2010 Equality Act allow admissions departments to favor applicants who belong to that faith…
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