The All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) met yesterday in the House of Lords to discuss religious selection in school admissions, and the harmful effects this has on society. Humanist MPs and peers were addressed by Professor Ted Cantle CBE, founder of the Institute of Community Cohesion and author of the eponymous report into the 2001 race riots; Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE, minister of Maidenhead Synagogue and Chair of the Accord Coalition; and Jeremy Rodell and Natalie Raja, members of the Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign (RISC). The meeting was chaired by Chair of the APPHG, Lord Warner of Brockley. The British Humanist Association (BHA) provides the secretariat to the APPHG.
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has responded to a letter from Secretary of State for Education Michel Gove, rejecting in strong terms his reasons for having refused to release a list of all proposals to establish Free Schools. The information was published yesterday after the British Humanist Association (BHA) and Commissioner won a case against the Department for Education (DfE) at the Information Tribunal, following on from a Freedom of Information request submitted by the BHA in 2011.