Faith Schools Attacked Over Staff

November 14, 2009

Author: John McManus

Source: BBC News

The government is facing criticism over claims that it allows faith schools to refuse jobs or promotion to staff with different, or no, spiritual beliefs.

The National Secular Society is arguing at its conference that current legislation discriminates against well qualified, non-religious teachers,

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has said it has not received any complaints.

It said beliefs are only taken into account in a small number of cases.

Currently, the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 allows faith schools in England and Wales to take into account an applicant's religious beliefs, or lack of them, when considering them for a teaching post.