Thank you for your email regarding faith schools.
The Prime Minister has made clear that the Government is dedicated to building a Britain that’s fit for the future where success is based on merit and that education lies at the heart of that mission. A consultation was launched asking for views on a range of proposals aimed at creating an education system that extends opportunity for everyone. This consultation has closed and the contributions are being read and I’ll read the Government’s formal response very carefully once it’s published.
The reforms to the education system since 2010 have transformed education in this country and I’m encouraged that school standards are rising. Indeed, there are now more than 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools. However, the demand for school places only continues to grow and I know that this will continue to be a top priority for the Department for Education over this Parliament.
My own view is that our children and parents are best served by having a variety of options that they can choose from and I think that faith schools should be one of these. Faith schools have a strong record of high pupil attainment and are often very popular with parents. All schools are expected to be inclusive and fulfil their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. I personally would like to see further safeguards put in place to promote diversity and inclusivity in faith schools, so that pupils of all faiths and none are able to attend and to play a full part in the life of these schools. I know the Department for Education continues to work closely with faith schools to promote and support integration and will outline its plans shortly.
Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me.
With best wishes.