Hundreds of new Church of England schools are to be opened to spread Christianity and combat “aggressive secularism”, it emerged today.
At least 200 Anglican primaries and secondaries could be established within the next five years as part of a major expansion plan outlined by the Church.
A report – to be published later this week – will also recommend rebranding existing Anglican schools to “reinvigorate” them in the face of competition from new academies and free schools.
The Church will also propose a more structured programme of advice to secular schools on improving their religious education and boosting exam results.
The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, chairman of the Church’s board of education, said major reform was needed to tackle “the level of religious illiteracy in our society”.
He also said the changes – to be formally outlined in a report released on Friday – would allow faith leaders to confront the growing influence of secularism. Keep reading