The Accord Coalition has produced two more position papers, which offer further information about its main campaign objectives. The new papers set out Accord’s vision for the teaching of values and beliefs in schools, and how schools can advance an inclusive ethos. The papers join four that have already been published, which address the topics of school assemblies, the curriculum, and employment and admissions policies at faith schools.
Chair of the Accord Coalition, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romains said, ‘Public debate around the role of religion in education can be vexatious, and often suffers from people arguing from entrenched positions. Accord enters the debate based on both solid evidence and the shared values of its supporters. The new papers provide readers with a more nuanced upstanding of Accord’s concerns, and further demonstrate the coherence of the range of positive proposals for reform it 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/.