Faith Schools Not Divisive (it says here…)
Thanks to the Rev Dr Peter Hearty for pointing this out. It’s an article claiming faith schools are better on “community cohesion” than community schools. An idea that is, to say the least, counter-intuitive and against previous findings.
However, from the original BBC article we find:
Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, chairman of the Accord Coalition, says inspectors should consider admissions policies and the religious education curriculum of faith schools. … “The most pressing issue is whether the criteria used by Ofsted are sufficient. … inspectors should also consider the impact on cohesion of discriminatory admissions and biased RE lessons. “Occasional meetings with other groups have little merit if the children move in closeted circles most of the time and do not receive a broad education in class.”
The idea that a report like this could be commissioned without reference to RE lessons and admissions criteria is amazing – unless of course you already had an outcome for the report in mind.