An end to faith schools would not impose conformity or be without compromise, as our system of community schools shows, argues Alastair Lichten.
The 1944 Education Act set many of the foundations of our education system. At the time the Church of England; while an early provider of education and initially deeply hostile to non-church schools; was increasingly reliant on the state and eager to maintain its position in schools ahead of an expected boom in population and school numbers. The compromises in the act led to three main types of state funded schools in England & Wales: voluntary aided and voluntary controlled faith schools, and community schools.
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