I happened to see the last 15 minutes of a scary programme The New Fundamentalists on Channel 4 yesterday evening. An article from Channel 4’s website about the programme is here. The programme specifically focussed on 3 schools in the North East of England that have been created under the government’s city academies scheme, and in this case have been part funded by Reg Vardy, a rich car dealership owner and fundamental Christian. So, these are state schools, free to attend, but are run according to quite rigid discipline and along very Christian lines. Further, the parents often do not have the opportunity to send their kids anywhere else. If even half of the allegations presented by the parents in the programme are true, these schools are truly shocking… And yet the government promises yet more of these city academies.