News Snippets – Education
25 November 2015 – Source, British Humanist Association
In a landmark judgment handed down in the High Court today, a judge has ruled in favour of the three humanist parents and their children who challenged the Government’s relegation of non-religious worldviews in the latest subject content for GCSE Religious Studies. In his decision, Mr Justice Warby stated that the Government had made an ‘error of law’ in leaving non-religious worldviews such as humanism out of the GCSE, amounting to ‘a breach of the duty to take care that information or knowledge included in the curriculum is conveyed in a pluralistic manner.’ The British Humanist Association (BHA), which was responsible for bringing the case and has supported the three families throughout, has welcomed the landmark decision.
03 November 2015 – Source, BBC News
Haringey council are deliberating whether or not to change their policies on admitting siblings to state schools which fall within their borders. The council is now thinking of following Wandsworth and Hackney in possibly getting rid of the state school policy that gives siblings an automatic right of admission to the same school even if they live outside the catchment area. If this becomes a popular trend, it could mean that other councils may decide to follow so do keep an eye out for updates.