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Fair Admissions Campaign "bunkum"
The Church of England has commented on claims made by
the Fair Admissions Campaign "that religious selection in school
admissions is leading parents to attend church when they otherwise
wouldn't." The claims were based on the Campaign's
examination of a study originally commissioned by the CofE as part
of its Church Growth Research Programme.
A spokesman for the Church of England said: "This is the usual
bunkum from the Fair Admissions Campaign and its associates."
"By basing their claims on the selective quotations of two or
three sentences from a 93 page report, the only thing they have
demonstrated is the paucity of their argument."
"The Church of England will continue to provide excellent
schools serving their local communities in all their diversity and
rejoice if that encourages the 60 per cent of the population who
name themselves as Christians to express that by attending their
Bursaries for trainee RE teachers
The Government has confirmed that it will not restore
bursaries for students wanting to train as RE
Commenting on the news, a Church of England spokesperson said:
"The removal of bursaries has
been another blow to RE. If bursaries are supposed to be focused
where they are most needed then RE should be first in the queue.
Sadly it seems the need is being ignored. The provision of
bursaries would do much to improve the teaching of RE, which
remains a vital subject for young people wanting to understand
the complexities of belief and faith in the modern world."
There is, however some good news for would be RE teachers.
Culham St Gabriels, Keswick Hall Trust, St Luke's Foundation
and the Jerusalem Trust have made available a £220,000 'Common
Fund' to provide bursaries for students wanting to train
as RE teachers, The Common Fund will support students
starting courses in September 2014.
Application information and applications can be made via
Church schools enable children to develop character and
The Church of England has responded to the publication of The
Character and Resilience Manifesto by the All Party Parliamentary
Group on Social Mobility. The Manifesto, published on 11 February
2014, urges schools to do more to boost pupils' self-belief,
perseverance and the ability to bounce back from set-backs.
Revd Jan Ainsworth, the Church of England's Chief Education
Officer and General Secretary, National Society said:
"I welcome the publication of The Character and Resilience
Manifesto by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social
Mobility. It is vital that schools not only equip children with key
skills and knowledge but also help them to
become whole, rounded, human beings. The ethos of the Church
of England's 4,664 primary and secondary schools, which comes
through understanding the person and teachings of Jesus Christ,
allows children to engage with the profound issues of faith and
spirituality. This enables children to develop character and
acquire resilience, helping them to be ready to play a
full part in society."
Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility
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The CofE is a major provider of statutory education, the
largest provider of schools in England. There are nearly 4,500
Church of England primary and middle schools and more than 190
secondary schools, including more than 220 primary and secondary
academies. Nearly one in five primary school children are educated
in Church of England primary schools by 19% of all primary
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The Church of England is also a major provider of voluntary
activities and training for those working with children and young people
within the Church and the wider community.
Education offered by the church aims to grow God's people, and
to encourage all to develop as disciples of Christ.
All God's people are on a Lifelong Journey. The church can offer
informal and formal opportunities for Lifelong Learning.
Chaplaincy in Further Education is a growing
ministry and the church promotes involvement in this important
work, meeting the needs of young people 16-19 and many adults.
There are also opportunities for the Church to work in
partnership with local FE colleges.
The Education Division's work in Higher Education is
concentrated on supporting Chaplaincy in universities, Higher
Education policy issues and Anglican Universities and University