Clegg backs role of Church schools

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CHURCH OF ENG­LAND schools and the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury have been praised by the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and strongly de­fended by the Chief Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer, the Rev Jan Ainsworth.

Nick Clegg said he had ‘great re­spect’ for Justin Welby’s hon­esty in speak­ing out against ho­mo­pho­bia and in tak­ing ac­tion to com­bat ho­mo­pho­bia in church schools.

“Justin Welby is right to de­nounce ho­mo­pho­bia, be it here in the UK or in other parts of the world,” he told Pink News.

Nick Clegg also praised the Arch­bishop for giv­ing an in­ter­view to Pink News, the first by an Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury to a gay pub­li­ca­tion. Pub­lisher Ben­jamin Co­hen said the in­ter­view was an ‘ im­por­tant step’ in the Church em­brac­ing equal­ity.

The C of E Chief Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer, the Rev Jan Ainsworth, has re­sponded to com­ments by the Chair of the In­de­pen­dent Schools As­so­ci­a­tion, Richard Walden, who has claimed state schools were fail­ing to teach pupils the dif­fer­ence be­tween right and wrong.

She de­scribed com­ments by Mr Richard Walden as ‘pal­pa­bly ab­surd’ and said that Church schools were not alone in ad­dress­ing moral is­sues.

“A high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is not just about what is taught in the class­room, but how the learn­ing com­mu­nity it­self is struc­tured,” she said.

“Ev­ery day our teach­ers, of­ten work­ing with pupils from dis­ad­van­taged and chal­leng­ing con­texts, cre­ate a com­mu­nity where young people are able to learn by mak­ing mis­takes and set­tling dis­agree­ments. They do a tremen­dous job, and I would wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to show Richard Walden why I’m so proud of them.”

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