No mention of Catholic schools promise in Queen’s Speech

(Catholic Herald) A key Conservative pledge that would have allowed the Catholic Church to open new schools has been left out of the Queen’s Speech.

The party had promised in their manifesto to abolish the “unfair and ineffective” admissions cap that forces new faith schools to recruit only 50 per cent of their intake on the basis of religion.

As canon law says that Catholics must give priority to children from the faith, the regulation effectively prevents the Church from opening new academies and free schools in England and Wales.

Theresa May’s government first promised to remove the cap in September 2016. The party then reiterated the policy in its manifesto for the 2017 General Election. [More]


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