Faith and fairness

25th July 2008 at 01:00

Dennis Richards challenges opponents of state-funded religious schools to "get real" and expresses his own opposition to state schools being used to inculcate particular religions (Letters, July 18). But this is precisely what the law regarding faith schools allows. One of the chief practical objectives of those who campaign for reform of the place of religion in our education system is to make state-funded religious schools accountable under the same curriculum for religious education as our community schools are.

In the same edition of The TES, we read ("Faithful headships") of the new changes in law to allow state-funded religious schools to discriminate against more teaching and non-teaching posts than ever before. State funded faith schools are in fact allowed by law to discriminate in admissions and in employment and, again, it is the removal of these injustices which campaigners call for.

Andrew Copson, Director of Education, British Humanist Association, London.

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