Government Consultation

11 December 2016

Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke and Professor Linda Woodhead have urged the Government to rethink its decision to remove a 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions to schools.

In a submission to the Government consultation “Schools that work for everyone”, which in part examines the proposal to remove the cap, they recognised that faith schools make “a very important contribution” to the national education system and praised Church of England schools for their inclusivity, but warned that Catholic schools “exist primarily to educate the children of parents who share that faith”. They wrote that the case had not been made for removing the cap, and said canon law left much room for interpretation: “it should not be made the basis of policy.”

You can read more about the consultation here.