It has long been clear that ‘faith’ schools serve to not only segregate children by their parents’ religions but also as a large side-effect of this to segregate them by race.
Research at the Institute of Education now reveals that which has been tacitly understood for many years, that religious schools’ intakes are indeed biased towards middle-class pupils.
With this triple-whammy of segregation by religion, race and social class, we again ask the Government to rethink its approach to the matter of ‘faith’ schools, and to community cohesion more broadly.
Labour Humanists call upon ministers at the very least to prohibit selection of pupils on religious grounds in all state-funded schools.
The Labour Government should also take note of the debilitating effect its education stance has on its core vote. Only when Labour starts to make genuine moves towards dismantling this modern-day segregation will beleaguered members and supporters have something to cheer the government on with as it goes into the fight for a fourth term.