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Have more faith in parents' motives

* Sadly, Peter Wilby uses his TES column to insult the motives of many parents who support faith schools for religious reasons and the personal integrity of several academy sponsors.

For the past five years, I have been involved with several national projects to develop the leadership of faith schools. Two qualities of many of these schools have been striking. First, they have managed to maintain their distinctiveness and yet welcome children and families of other faiths or no faith. Second, the desire of many parents to have their children educated in an environment that takes faith seriously and provides a secure space in which faith can grow.

So, there is another, much more positive side to the faith schools debate that those whose faith is in secularism should acknowledge.

Howard Green

42, Montfort College

Romsey

Hampshire

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