This is in line with Lord Dearing's report, published before last year's debate over faith schools, with the Archbishop of Canterbury's TES article in January and with the statement of the House of Bishops. And it is very Anglican: a coherent and consistent commitment to service to the wider community of the nation as well as to nurturing the young people of Christian families. The government amendment will add weight to that long-standing commitment and has the full support of the board of education and its chairman the Bishop of Blackburn.
Canon John Hall
General secretary and chief education officer
Church of England board of education