Ofsted downgrades Christian schools

Recently, Ofsted inspected ten independent Christian schools, nine of which were downgraded from their previous reports. All ten were linked to Christian Education Europe (CEE), an evangelical group which links 30 such schools and makes use of the Accelerated Christian Education system, developed in the USA but used here for many years. It offers an alternative to the national curriculum based on Christian principles. Ofsted’s previous assessment was clearly more positive but their recent visits led to critical reports and have brought such expressions of faith schools into question. 

How should we view a story like this? Much of Britain’s educational heritage has come from the Church. These days it can be recognised in many forms; approximately...

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