Throughout our discussions we have seen that the proposed expansion of state-funded faith-based schools reflects political and cultural issues about the nature of education and the significance of religious identity within some communities. Moreover, we have sought to raise questions about whether a secular or community-based approach to education could meet the needs of those committed to the further development of faith-based schools. Here we provide concluding comments looking at:

the cumulative arguments contained in our discussion concerning faith-based schooling;

the extent of human rights in a society; and

the possible way forward in responding to competing demands in education.