Hinds calls for more faith schools to become academies

Damian Hinds is urging faith leaders to convert more of their schools into academies, TES is reporting.

The education secretary will tell a round table of representatives from all major faiths today that becoming an academy will place “freedom into the hands of school leaders and help schools to work together to achieve more than they can alone”.

Representatives from all major faiths will attend the meeting, including individuals from the Church of England, Muslim, Catholic, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu faiths, and from the Methodist Church.

Mr Hinds will highlight the role faith organisations have had in the academies programme since 2010, with more than a quarter of state-funded faith schools already having academy status and more than 100 faith free schools open or in the pipeline.

He will say: “The diversity of schools in this country is one our education system’s most valuable assets, and faith schools play a pivotal role in that.

Earlier this year Mr Hinds announced that he was retaining the faith cap on new free schools which means they can only admit 50 per cent of their pupils on the basis of faith.

He had been expected to scrap the cap following calls from the Catholic Church for it to be removed.

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