equality

Government extends requirement to teach evolution and banning of pseudoscience to future Academies

This is all from the British Humanist Association: “The Government has revised the single Academies model funding agreement to bring it in line with the Free Schools model funding agreement in preventing Academies from teaching pseudoscience and to require the teaching of evolution. The changes, which will apply to stand-alone Academies opening from today onwards,…

New model funding agreement precludes creationism?

On 9 January 2012 the Department issued a new model funding agreement for free schools. It contains a provision being hailed by the media as a victory over the Creationists. The new clause 24A says this: “The Academy Trust shall not make provision in the context of any subject for the teaching, as an evidence-based…

Who looks at acanofworms?

I’m delighted that there have now been been over 10,00 views (setttling down to an average of about 1,000 a week) of this blog. Judging by who follows acanofworms on twitter, they come from a wide range of backgrounds and interests, some pro academies, some anti academies and some just interested. Do all feel free…

How do I appeal or make a claim to SENDIST?

The short answer is that you fill in and send off the relevant form! The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) is now part of the First Tier Tribunal. It hears appeals from parents relating: to SEN issues, and claims by parents alleging disability discrimination by schools. Another post deals with the general position…

What about discrimination against disabled people?

The short answer is that is unlawful for a public authority (and that includes academies and free schools) to discriminate against disabled people. The rules relating to academies/free schools and discrimination generally are in another post. This post deals with the extra rules that relate to disability discrimination. Section 85(6) of the Equality Act 2010…