The issue of faith schools is in the news again, following the release of a new report from the Runnymede Trust. This new research is likely to add further fuel to an already controversial topic; among its claims are the suggestions that popular faith schools are becoming a way of preserving privilege, and that they could help to improve social cohesion by stopping the selection of pupils according to religion.
The full report, entitled Right to Divide? Faith Schools and Community Cohesion, is available online now. A summary version is also available, while if you have a particular interest in this topic then you may also want to take a look at a 2006 report from the Centre for the Economics of Education entitled Faith Primary Schools: Better Schools or Better Pupils?