Charles Clarke is a speaker at a conference organised by the Faith Schooling project
at the University of Warwick, funded by the Spencer Foundation.
This conference brings together educationalists and spokespeople from various public bodies to discuss the present state of the regulation of schools with a religious character in England and Wales. Recent governments have attempted to increase diversity by introducing academies and free schools, with greater emphasis on the variety of school ‘providers’ and more scope for parental choice. This new institutional landscape offers opportunities to those who value schooling with a distinctively religious character, but it also prompts worries about social cohesion and alarms those who fear that faith-based schooling threatens children’s autonomy.
Other speakers include:
Paul Barber (Director of the Catholic Education Service)
Tim Brighouse (Honorary Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford; Schools Commissioner for London, 2002-2007)
Ashfaque Chowdhury (Chair of the Association of Muslim Schools)
Simon Goulden (Educational consultant to the Jewish Community)
Marilyn Mason (formerly Education Officer, The British Humanist Association)
More information can be found here.