Christian schools

Is your Child Welcomed and Free in a Christian School?

The law requires that schools in England and wales provide Christian guiding where there is no express religious requirement on the school. The UK has become increasingly multi-faith with tens of religions in the country, especially among immigrant communities from the larger Asia, where former colonies were largely non-Christian. Understandably, many parents are concerned on the question of their children’s welcoming and rights in an education setting with a largely Christian setting. There are significant differences in the conduct of religious matters in state funded schools, and private schools

What does it say on State funded schools?

Community schools

  • Admissions to these schools is open for all and cannot discriminate on religious grounds
  • These schools cannot have a religious character, and the curriculum of Religious Education is set every years and overseen by the local Agreed Syllabus Conference (ASC) and supervised by the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE). The school must follow the national curriculum which includes scientific theories on evolution. Sex and relationships education should also be included on HIV/AIDS and other STIs.
  • Collective worship is broadly of Christian character but  SACRE can opt to have it multi-faith or switch to another religious leaning

Voluntary controlled ‘faith’ schools

  • Admission to these schools is open for all and non-discriminatory although there are cases of authorities that discriminate
  • These schools are legally registered with a religious character. The RE curriculum follows ASC guidelines but a parent can request that a child be taught religious education according to the school’s deeds of faith. The schools are mandated to follow the national curriculum including scientific theories in evolution. Sex and relationships education should also be included on HIV/AIDS and other STIs.
  • Collective worship is done in line with tenets of the school’s dominant faith

Voluntary Aided ‘faith’ schools

  • Admission to these schools is determined by the school’s governors. Discrimination on religious grounds is allowed if the school is oversubscribed
  • These schools are legally registered with a religious character. The RE curriculum is set by the school’s governors unless a parent requests for non-confessional RE as set by the ASC. These schools must follow the national curriculum including evolution. Sex and relationships education should also be included on HIV/AIDS and other STIs.
  • Collective worship in these schools must be in accordance with the school’s religious tenets and practices.

What about private schools?

There are three types of private schools;

  • Foundation ‘faith’ schools
  • ‘Faith’ academies
  • Private ‘faith’ schools

On matters of religion, these schools are more flexible in;

  • Discriminate on religious grounds
  • Hold collective worship in accordance to the school’s dominate religion

But these schools must teach the national curriculum including evolution theory, sexual and relationships education on STIs including HIV/AIDS.

Christian schools

Christian schools: are their Graduates Ready for the world?

Among the many worries that parents with school-going children have is whether their kids will be well equipped to face the challenges of the world afterward. A parent can only do so much to impact their children’s future so the role of preparing kids for the world is left to schools. Depending on the education and social needs of an individual student, the decision on which schools to take children rests upon parents. Christian schools are becoming popular by the day but some parents feel that most operate under controlled environments that do not mimic the outside world. Are children who are products of Christian schools ready to face the world on their own? Let us analyze the needs of children;

As a parent, you must first be aware of what the real world is like. From here, think of a public school as a controlled environment where the knowledge and existence of God are completely ignored. Teachers and administrators of public schools actually believe and acknowledge God in their daily lives but deliberately refuse to share this with their students because of policy. On one hand, it is healthy to teach children that hard work pays but on the other hand, it is impossible to completely rule out the power of faith because we have all seen it at work in someone we know.

Think of a child as a plant being grown in a greenhouse. Well, at a tender age when their minds and bodies are weak, they must be protected, nurtured and nourished. Just like a plant, the more mature it becomes, the more ready it becomes to face outside elements without support. If a plant that was first grown in the greenhouse is transplanted to the open field without hardening it, chances of it dying are very high; same to children schooled under any system. Any systems, therefore, Christian or public, must be sensitive to the growth of children and tactfully expose them to the world in bits that they can adapt to them increase this gradually until they are totally independent.

All parents desire to see their children grow up to be responsible citizens but there is some level of harm in putting children from different backgrounds into the same school environment. As we all can attest to have witnessed, bad character easily corrupt good values compared to the reverse. The Christian school system tries to restrict the movement, thinking and value systems of children until they are old enough to choose for themselves. The public system, obviously focused on providing affordable education, allow children to have their freedom from an early age.

Knowing what the world today is like, are your children suited for the self-reliance of a public school education? There is no right or wrong system if your child is ready for it!