National News

New Secretary of State for Education

As you may have already read in the press, The UK have a new Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP

A recent newspaper article based on Hinds' first big speech in the role is interesting. He encourages schools to aim for an ethos that develops pupils’ character, resilience and workplace skills. It will be interesting to see how this aim translates into practice. We pray him well as his work in the role develops and extends. You can read the full article HERE from The Guardian on 22nd January 2018. 

The Education Team at FCG are grateful to Justine Greening MP for all of her work in this role over the last couple of years and pray for her as she continues her work as an MP. 

Change in Threat Level for International Terrorism to CRITICAL

London Regional Counter Terrorism Protective Security Update

Last night the independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) raised the threat level for international terrorism in the UK to CRITICAL. This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent.

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Manchester Attack - CTE Presidents' Statement

The 6 Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued this agreed statement about the Manchester attack:

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those bereaved and injured by the cruel, senseless terrorist attack in Manchester.  May God grant them strength and courage. Our faith teaches us that even the worst of evils can never defeat love, so we pray that the people of Manchester, of all faiths and none, will discover a renewed unity as they respond to this atrocity with compassion, dignity and hope.
— The Presidents of CTE