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