EDUCATION Secretary John Patten last week pledged to "safeguard the position of Church schools". Church schools were also proving to be at the forefront of the move to Grant Maintained status, he reported.
Mr Patten announced that a further 90 Catholic and Anglican schools had voted to follow those 75 Chui-c• h schools which have so far opted-out. In a speech to Church of -England diocesan education directors, he said: "We are intent on safeguarding the position of Church schools in the Bill and we shall be giving the Churches further opportunities to come back to us to ensure that we get the detail right. The continued participation of the Churches in the debate on education is invaluable to Government policy." Mr Panes promise came 11 a week whenone of his advisers called for religious and spiritual values to permeate all areasof school life alwell asRE lesson, Ann Halt, adviser to he Departmentfor Education, his week warne! that there was no much rigid division between different opics rather am developinga more. integrated culture.