§ Lord Patten
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone, on 27 July (WA162), what act ion they intend to take in respect of the 70 per cent of secondary schools that do not comply fully with the requirement to have a specific daily act of worship. [HL4101]
§ Baroness Blackstone
The Department for Education and Employment expects schools and their governing bodies to fulful their statutory requirement in providing collective worship. The department relies on the OFSTED inspection cycle to identify where failure to fully meet statutory requirements is a key issue, and arrangements are in place within that inspection cycle to revisit those key issues on post inspection plans. Schools which have difficulty in meeting their statutory requirements should seek advice from their local Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education (SACRE).