In my latest guest post on Law and Religion UK, I look at the just published Schools Bill and what it could mean from a Law and Religion perspective.
The Bill increases the regulation of Academies. It states the position on religious worship and religious education for Academies with a religious character, which largely mirror the rules on maintained schools with a religious character. Might this provide an opportunity to discuss and to make amendments that reform the law more generally?
It also deals with unofficial and unregistered faith schools by requiring local authorities to keep a register of children not attending schools and by broadening the definition of ‘independent educational institutions’ so that unregistered faith schools will be caught by this definition and therefore subject to similar types of regulation as independent schools, including a number of criminal offences.
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