Educate Together are replacing the term ‘multi-denominational’ in their Educate Together Charter with the term ‘equality-based’. According to the Educate Together web site, every year, the Educate Together AGM is a forum for healthy debate and intense discussion on the issues that affect the many and various members of the Educate Together school community. Ranging from the minutiae of membership fees to broader issues of ethos and policy, members never fail to challenge assumptions and assert their needs in consultation with each other and the organisation’s Board of Directors.
Words can have powerful meanings. While one could say the meaning is the same, the confusion surrounding the former term multi denominational was growing with lots of schools claiming to be multi denominational. Equality-based means that there is never a time in the school day where a child cannot access what is happening.