The Accord Coalition has published a group of position papers, which offer more detailed information about its main campaign objectives and problems it is seeking to tackle. The papers published concern issues surrounding religious discrimination in staff employment and pupil admissions at faith schools; schools providing a narrow curriculum that may not properly prepare pupils for adult life in an increasingly diverse society, and the legal requirement that schools provide daily Collective Worship.
Chair of the Accord Coalition, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romains said, ‘Public debate around the role of religion in education can be negative, vexatious, and often suffers from people arguing from entrenched positions. Accord enters the debate based on both sold evidence and the shared values of its supporters, and the new papers provide readers with a more nuanced upstanding of Accord’s concerns, as well as further demonstrate the coherence of the positive range of proposals for reform that is advocates’.
Accord also maintains a comprehensive databank of evidence on the consequences of current policy on and practice of state funded faith schools at http://accordcoalition.org.uk/research/.