Ofsted, the schools watchdog, have concluded that independent faith schools ‘have considerably weaker inspection outcomes’ than those without a religious character.
Ofsted found 40% of non-association independent faith schools – schools that are not members of an association affiliated to the Independent Schools Council and are therefore inspected by Ofsted rather than the Independent Schools Inspectorate – received a grade of ‘inadequate’ (20%) or ‘requires improvement’ (20%) at their last inspection. This compares to just 20% for schools without a religious character (13% ‘requires improvement’ and 7% ‘inadequate’).
There is a benefit for pupils from all different backgrounds educated together in a shared environment, rather than separated according to the religious beliefs of their parents. As a consequence, Humanists UK continue to challenge faith schools’ admissions, employment and curriculum policies, as well as the privileged processes by which new faith schools continue to open.
Read the full article on the Humanists UK website here