Get rid of religious schools full stop! They just divide children up with silly indoctrination. If parents want their children to have a religious education then they should organise it themselves in the evenings or on the weekend.
This is one cut I fully support.
Tut,tut,Touchstone. The faith schools do actually have a higher standard of education than the state schools. Which to my mind, means that it is possible to raise the standards in the state schools. Until then, maybe people can choose where they would like their children to be educated. To follow your line of thought would mean closure of Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Methodist and any other faith schools. That in itself, could possibly cause major issues within the state schools system.
Travel costs will probably be introduced, in the same manner, to all school children soon, which I feel is somewhat unfair in this area as children do still have a choice of school in this borough, according to exam results.Unlike other towns, where they all have go to the same school within walking distance. That I believe is where the troubles can start. All too close and cosy in school and out of school. Everybody knows everyone elses business, kids know who's mum has slept with who's dad, the respect is diminished within their own environment and those with issues make darn sure the ones who wish to get on, are humiliated or intimidated, into not doing so.