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Government refuses to release ‘fourth wave’ of Free School proposals to BHA

The Government has refused a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by the British Humanist Association (BHA) asking for the names, locations, and faith (if any) of proposals to open Free Schools as part of the ‘fourth wave’ of applications, due to open from September 2014.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has responded to a letter from Secretary of State for Education Michel Gove, rejecting in strong terms his reasons for having refused to release a list of all proposals to establish Free Schools.

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A council that is facing devastating cuts to services and employment is considering reinstating free transport to “faith schools” after scrapping it last year.

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Leeds City Council is the latest to consider scrapping free transport to religious schools. The plan will mostly affect Catholic schools.

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The Department for Education (DfE) has today released a list of the names, locations and religious designations of all Free Schools proposed to open during waves one to three (i.e. from 2011-13) of the Free Schools programme.

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Local residents have reacted angrily to plans to open a new Sikh faith academy school in a Buckinghamshire village.

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Surrey County Council have today written to the British Humanist Association (BHA) to inform them that they are dropping plans for a junior Community school to adopt an admissions policy giving priority to pupils from a religiously selective infant school.

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The secretive and ultra conservative Catholic organisation Opus Dei is thought to be behind the opening of a new private school in Croydon.

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Take Action: If you live in Solihull, you can join the local campaign group and sign the petition opposing the plans. Tudor Grange Academy, a secondary school in Solihull without a religious character, is consulting on changing its admissions criteria to give priority to children attending two religiously selective Church of England primary schools.

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The majority of British people want state-funded schools to be secular, a recent YouGov poll has revealed.

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