Equality in Education
Labour Party Manifesto

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More multi-denominational schools and an end to baptism requirements

A growing number of parents want their children to experience multi-denominational education. The situation where parents feel forced to baptise their children to ensure a school place must come to an end.

Labour in Government established the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism and has overseen a 43% increase in the number of multi-denominational schools.

Our plan for the next five years:

  • Provide a further 100 multi-denominational schools by 2021
  • Publish a White Paper building on the report of the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism to set out long-term policy in this area
  • Amend the Equal Status Act to ensure that schools prioritise children from the local community rather than focusing on their religion
  • Include an exception for minority faith schools that serve diverse communities