Manifesto for faith schools in the media spotlight

September 12, 2014

Media coverage from the previous 10 days

The first manifesto for faith schools, which was launched on September 1st by a group of religious figures, has attracted widespread coverage in the national and religious press. As well as being reported on by The Independent, ITV News, Times Educational Supplement, Huffington Post,  the manifesto has also been covered by the Church Times, Christian Today, Methodist Recorder, Jewish News Online, The Inquirer and Premiere Christian Radio.

In addition, manifesto signatories have taken part in interviews with a range of regional TV and Radio stations. Since the launch they also have written to figures in the largest political parties, urging them to help ensure the role of religion and belief in the state funded school system is renegotiated, so schools do not discriminate by faith, and instead better promote the growth of mutual understanding and respect in society.

Chair of the Accord Coalition, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, who helped organise the manifesto, said ‘Just as with wider social, cultural and economic life, so religious convictions and motivations play an important role within campaigns to reform faith schools, so that the schools do not discriminate or narrow horizons. No one has a monopoly on openness, fairness and equality, but they are also religious values, as the manifesto’s signatories and subsequent media coverage demonstrate.’


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