The news today that that the Church of England
is intending to sweep away the requirement for children to have a religious background should be welcomed. Clearly, the C of E has figured out that the current system has lead to chronic social segregation with "Voluntary-Aided" schools -- largely C of E ones -- containing disproportionately high numbers of children from prosperous backgrounds. This has happened because well-off parents have played the "faith" card, attending church diligently even if they are not religious, and therefore getting their children into a C of E school.
However, the government seems intent upon increasing social segregation in our schools. Many of their policies which include bribing schools to become academies and encouraging parents to set up free schools will lead to greater social segregation in our schools as many commentators have said, most recently the Advisory Centre for Education
. The Education Bill with its proposals to sweep away Admissions' Forums and curtail the powers of the Adjudicator will only make the situation worse because schools will know that they will be able to get away with "cherry picking" students.