The faith cap on new state schools has been retained in name alone as the government has backed the creation of a new wave of schools that can select all their pupils on the basis of religion. Tes reports.
The Department for Education is set to spend some of its £270 million free school budget to help groups set up new voluntary-aided schools that can select all pupils according to faith.
The faith cap on new free schools, which means they can only select 50 per cent of pupils on the grounds of faith, will remain.
But faith groups now have a way around this, thanks to the millions diverted away from the free schools budget to meet religious wishes.
Faith groups are now being backed to open schools with 100 per cent faith admissions through the VA route, providing they can find 10 per cent of the capital costs.
The VA route already technically allows new schools to apply to open with up to 100 per cent faith-based admissions.
The Church of England’s chief education officer the Rev Nigel Genders welcomed the announcement. He said: “As well as embracing the opportunities of academies and free schools, we have a strong track record of providing 1,700 VA schools and welcome the opportunity to consider developing more of them.”
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