Accord responds to Times Education Commission

October 26, 2021

The Accord Coalition has submitted written evidence to an Education Commission launched this year by The Times newspaper. 24 commissioners have been drawn from across the education world and are set to draw up wide-ranging proposals for reform.

Accord’s submission has focused on the untapped potential of the school system to better promote cohesion and mutual understanding in increasingly religiously diverse English and Welsh society. In particular, it recommended reform of the school curriculum to ensure all state funded schools provided high quality Religious Education, as well as of the admission policies of religiously selective faith schools, to prevent the ethnic segregation and discrimination they cause.

Chair of the Accord Coalition, the Revd Stephen Terry, said ‘Much media and public attention over recent years has understandably been devoted to topics such as Brexit and the Covid 19 pandemic. But this has meant other issues, including many aspects of social policy, have been neglected. We wish the Commissioners well in pushing education back up the political agenda in 2022.’

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