New position papers published

October 26, 2012

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’.

Notes

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/.

One Response to New position papers published

  1. Paul Goggins on November 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    May I suggest that it is a weak position that Accord has taken in
    “believing that the laws as they stand should be replaced with guidance” in the position paper “Collective Worship and inclusive assemblies”. This would not have the desired effect of removing worship from our schools. The only effective strategy would be to push for a law prohibiting worship rather than guidance, which would probably be freely ignored. Neither would guidance guarantee pupils an unbiased historical perspective on religion, humanism, and free thought, which is so vital for social cohesion.

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