The Church of England has said it expects to create 200 more schools over the next five years, as it set out its vision for its role in education.

In a new report, the Church says its schools must maintain their distinctive Christian character in an increasingly fragmented education system.

Church schools must stand firm amid attacks from secular groups against faith-based schooling, the report adds.

The National Secular Society said religion was for the home, not school.

The Church of England (CofE) is responsible for more than 4,800 primary and secondary schools, educating more than a million pupils.

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