Many of those concerns centre on the role of all schools to promote social cohesion against a backdrop of increasing government interest and investment in faith schools. Government policy perceives faith schools as a vehicle for delivering higher academic achievements, increased parental choice and coherent morality systems for pupils. As the evidence on whether current faith schools actually deliver these objectives is mixed, it is highly questionable that their expansion will do so, and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) believes that the resulting imbalance of education provision is too costly to justify this flawed approach.
In a country portrayed statistically as progressively secular and yet diverse, the existence of denominational schools within the state sector is increasingly anomalous. ATL recognises that some faith schools offer excellent teaching and are well integrated into their local community. However, ATL believes that the fragmentation of educa
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