People Say Faith Schools Divisive

June 8, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

A majority of people in the UK believe offering school places on grounds of religion is likely to undermine "community cohesion", claims a survey.

The Accord group, which campaigns against faith-based admissions, found 57% agreed with its suggestion that choosing by religion could be divisive.

The group accuses some faith schools of "exclusivity and insularity".

The Department for Children, Schools and Families said all English schools had a legal duty to promote cohesion.

And the department says that in practice faith schools have a higher proportion of ethnic minority pupils than other types of state school.