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Faith Schools

Julian Rivers

in The Law of Organized Religions

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226108
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226108.003.0008
Faith Schools

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The religious dimensions of education represent the most controversial and complex aspect of the law of organized religions. The complexity of current arrangements is a result of an historic residue of past compromises, which this chapter sets out. A distinct body of human rights law also applies in this field. This is considered in depth. The chapter then focuses on religious pluralism in the maintained and independent sectors. This is considered in its impact on questions of school type and ethos, staffing, admissions, religious education and worship and other aspects of school life. In the last decade, largely as a result of equalities legislation, the law has become much clearer as to the elements of education which are permitted to have a religious dimension. As the JFS case demonstrates, there is both an opening and a closure to religious diversity.

Keywords: education; schools; human rights; ethos; staffing; admissions; religious education

Chapter.  17032 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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