Education

Rev David Robertson

Religious influence on state schools ‘could be curtailed’

SNP plans to transfer powers over state schools away from councils risks marginalising the role of spiritual leaders, senior church figures have warned. Religious representatives have a legal right to places on local authority education committees, but some churches fear this role will be diminished under new “regional collaboratives” planned to shake up school governance. […]

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Catholic Church backs single sex school challenge

A challenge to the status of Scotland’s last remaining state-funded single sex school has been backed by the Catholic Church. Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia said a formal consultation on the future of the all-girl Notre Dame High School would be a “positive step forward so that all the school communities which have an interest […]

Ciarán Kelly, head of communications at The Christian Institute

Drag queens may read to Scots primary-aged kids in new initiative

LGBT campaigners have backed a new initiative which involves drag queens reading and singing to primary-aged children. Drag Queen Story Time, inspired by a similar scheme in the US, is now being pushed in the UK, with programmes being developed in Birmingham and Bristol. The first event took place last week at an LGBT pride […]

Head of teacher union turns fire on Catholic schools

The leader of Scotland’s biggest teachers’ union has spoken out against the system that allows the Catholic Church to approve the appointment of teachers based on their religion. Larry Flanagan, the general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland trade union, said: “We are not in favour of the current operation of approval by the […]

Anthony Horan, Director of the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office

Children facing bullying over pro-marriage and pro-life views in Scotland

School children are being verbally attacked for believing in traditional marriage and upholding the life of the unborn, MSPs have been told. Numerous accounts – including one girl being told she ‘wasn’t a real woman’ because she did not support abortion – were revealed by the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. Another student was told […]

Catholic church’s anti-bullying strategy sent to Scottish Labour leader

Catholic church’s anti-bullying strategy sent to Scottish Labour leader

The director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan, has sent a copy of the Catholic church’s anti-bullying strategy to Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, after a controversial Tweet in which she suggested “inclusive education” was not supported in Catholic schools. In a message to the Labour leader, Mr Horan said: “Catholic schools challenge discrimination […]

Christian college head: No, we won't issue 'trigger warnings' before altar calls

Christian college head: No, we won’t issue ‘trigger warnings’ before altar calls

The president of a Christian college in the US has hit back against “self-absorbed and narcissistic” students in an excoriating online article. A student at Oklahoma Wesleyan University last week complained to Dr Everett Piper because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on love from 1 Corinthinians 13. “It appears that this young scholar felt offended […]

Mrs Pamela Adkins and Rev Nathan Owens

Staff appointments at Highland Theological College’s new Glasgow base

Highland Theological College UHI has appointed two members of staff to run its newly opened base in Glasgow. Mrs Pamela Adkins and Reverend Nathan Owens will run the classrooms based at Newton Place in Glasgow’s west end, with teaching being delivered mainly by video-conferencing from the college’s main campus in Dingwall. The Glasgow premises have […]

Rev Laurence Twaddle

North Berwick High School pupils unhappy at ‘Christian’ assemblies

Hundreds of pupils at North Berwick High School have signed a petition demanding an end to Christian assemblies in the school. The move comes after some students raised concerns regarding the claim that no other religions were represented at school assemblies, saying they should either all feature, or be scrapped completely. One student involved in […]

Rev David Robertson

MSPs reject ban on creationism in schools

The Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee today rejected calls for a ban on creationism in Scotland’s state schools. Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning and Science, wrote to MSPs saying “it is preferable to leave the curriculum to teachers and enable them to exercise their professional judgement on what is taught, rather than legislate to ban […]

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