Accord is a new coalition calling for inclusive schools and an end to special arrangements for state funded religious schools. Its members include the ATL, the BHA and Ekklesia. Its supporters include Baroness Blackstone, Prof. Bernard Crick, Rabbi David Goldberg and Prof. A C Grayling.
Accord is a wide coalition of organisations which includes religious groups, humanists, trade unions and human rights campaigners. The campaign launched on 1 September 2008 and aims to promote inclusive schools through local and national campaigns.
For us, campaigning means:
1. Working with allies in parliament to oppose legislation which gives religious schools special exemption from human rights legislation.
2. Speaking to the media to ensure that the voices of those who wish for a non-polarised, forward-looking and community-concerned debate on faith schools get a fair hearing.
3. Working with our supporters across the country to resist the expansion of state-funded religious schools which operate restrictive and discriminatory admissions and employment practices.
4. Using the courts, where necessary, to challenge discrimination in schools.
5. Working to recruit more members and more supporters to make the campaign for reform impossible to ignore.