Church of England schools 'misleading' parents over inclusivity -study

The Church of England's schools are allegedly misleading parents over their inclusivity and their move away from a faith-based selection of students despite claims that they are taking a more open door policy when it comes to admissions, according to a study.

(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / Teach46)Durham School from the road, showing the Kerr Arch in the centre. 17 August 2010.

An Accord Coalition for the Fair Admissions Campaign report claimed that 35 out of 40 dioceses in England did not instruct their schools to adopt a more open door policy in admitting students. The research said the Church of England was not encouraging its state schools to drop its faith-based selection and to be inclusive of all enrollees regardless of their religion and belief, iNews detailed.

According to the research, the Church of England's claims of being inclusive are "inaccurate and therefore misleading." The document also says it was projecting a "false image" by failing to advise its schools against the practice of religious discrimination. It also found that 25 percent of its dioceses encouraged schools to practice faith-based selection of students.

However, the Church's website reflected its commitment to running "Christian schools for all" and attending to the needs of the community.

Accord Coalition member Revd Stephen Terry expressed disappointment over the allegations against the Church. CofE's Chief Education Officer Rev. Nigel Genders, meanwhile, said the Church did not accept the study's findings.

"Those schools that do give some priority to Christian children, do so in areas where competition for places is acute and often providing places purely on distance from the school would mean that only the wealthiest, who can afford to move house nearby, can access the best schools," said Rev. Genders.

Earlier this month, the Church came under fire after it released its revised directives which encouraged primary students to explore their gender identity. The guide said boys may wear tutus, tiaras, and heels, while girls may sport a fireman's helmet or a toolbelt, Life Site News reported.

Rev. Franklin Graham slammed the Church of England's new guidelines and reiterated the content of Genesis 5:2 which said God created humans "male and female." He said he was against any form of bullying but added that the CofE must not conform with a "sinful, destructive, anti-God agenda" and instead stand with the Bible's teachings.