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  • According to Ofsted, Chobham Academy in the London Borough of Newham is an outstanding school. It is important to begin with that observation, because the school’s leaders, governors and sponsor (Harris Federation) clearly have high expectations of pupils and teachers, and academic attainment is high. The Academy’s vision works: its ethos is admirable; its culture exemplary.

    Last year’s Ofsted inspection notes: “Pupils come from a wide range of minority ethnic groups. The biggest groups are Black African and those of Asian heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above average.” To be rated ‘outstanding’ across the board, when the ethnic intake is complex and the number of disadvantaged pupils is well above the national average, is something to celebrate indeed.

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  • Here's a new story involving disabled people, taxpayers' money, apparent scientific deception, a biotechnology company looking for profits and the NHS.

    The NHS is close to introducing a new test for pregnant women that will make it much easier to detect and search out any babies with Down's Syndrome (DS) (see previous CMF blog posts here and here).

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  • I was at All Souls Church, Langham Place last night for the launch of a new course from the team which has brought us Christianity Explored. This course, based on the familiar format of short films sparking discussion in groups arranged in a course taking place over several weeks, is called “Life Explored”, and focuses on understanding the character of God and how he satisfies our deepest human needs, as opposed to the idols to which we are so often addicted and which fail to satisfy. As expected the church was packed with a wide range of people including many under 40’s and quite a few church leaders that I recognized from around the country who are looking for fresh ways to present the Gospel in their neighbourhoods and constituencies.

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  • Until this week, the proposed plebiscite on whether Australia should legalise same-sex marriage had been light on detail. What would be the wording of the question? When would it take place? Would there be public funding for both a “yes” and a “no” campaign?

    The government has now introduced a bill into the parliament that provides the details and mechanics of the plebiscite.

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  • Frozen embryos may be better and safer than fresh embryos for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who use in vitro fertilization to conceive children, new research by an international consortium has found.

    The collaboration between the Yale School of Public Health, 13 universities in China and Penn State College of Medicine showed that frozen embryos may improve the rate of live births and lower the rates ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and pregnancy complications in women with PCOS. The scientists believe this is because frozen embryo transfer allows a woman’s ovary to recover from potentially harmful ovarian stimulation during in vitro fertilization and also allows time for her exposed endometrial lining to shed.

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  • A new hard-hitting video exposes the gender identity crisis and explains how in the name of tolerance, diversity, and freedom that children and families are deliberately being targeted.

    Produced by Family Life International NZ, the video, Family Planning’s Manufactured Gender Identity Crisis, delves into the concept of identity and the direct and deliberate attack on sexual norms that entices people to give in to selfish whims and fantasies.

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  • Should it be a crime to hate women? This unfortunate question is thrown up by the news that misogyny might soon become a hate crime across England and Wales. Two months ago, Nottingham Police launched a trial ‘crackdown on sexism’, investigating cases of, among other things, ‘verbal harassment’ and ‘unwanted advances’ towards women. Now top coppers from across the country are looking into criminalising misogyny elsewhere.

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  • While Scottish public life has grown steadily more secular, the issue of religion in modern schools is no less potent. Until now it has been a matter for each parent to decide whether to withdraw their child from religious activities if it conflicts with their beliefs.

    The Humanist Society of Scotland (HSS) is now seeking a judicial review of the Scottish Government’s policy not to allow 16 to 18-year-olds to make the decision for themselves.

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  • Federal Cabinet has signed off on plans to hold the same-sex marriage plebiscite on February 11 next year, and to allocate public funding for both the "yes" and "no" campaigns.

    The proposal will be put to Coalition MPs at their party room meeting in Canberra today and will increase pressure on Labor to declare its hand and state whether it will support the legislation needed to hold the plebiscite.

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  • Victorians may be able to access voluntary euthanasia in the near future, after Health Minister Jill Hennessy declared she supports it and that the parliament and Labor government had to look at the issue closely.

    Earlier this year a cross-party parliamentary inquiry recommended Victoria introduce voluntary euthanasia.

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