Religion and Belief in the Equality Act 2010

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You will not have missed the growing media attention surrounding the investigation into claims that Islamic fundamentalists have strategically taken over the governing bodies of schools and academies in Birmingham.

So, let’s look beyond the sensational headlines and delve into the facts, answering  the questions you might have about schools and their pupils with regards to faith.

Establishing religious character

Schedule 1 of the Establishment and Discontinuance of Schools Regulations 2013 specifies information that the proposers of new schools are obligated to provide the DfE, including whether the proposed establishment leans towards any particular faith group.

Once the initial proposal has been approved, local authorities and governing bodies cannot deviate from or change the school’s religious make-up, without first closing the school in its current format and submitting a fresh proposal to establish a voluntary school with a different religious character. This will enable staff members and registered pupils to…

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