Church of England schools are being chosen by Muslim parents for "spiritual as well as academic development", according to the Church's chief education officer.

Amid a rise in hate crimes and racial and cultural tensions, the Church of England is offering an education where "no passports are required", according to Reverend Nigel Genders.

In a blog, he said Muslim mothers and fathers want to send their children to schools where they will learn to understand different faiths, underpinned by a Christian ethos.

"We constantly hear from Muslim parents who tell us that they choose our schools precisely because we take faith seriously and offer an approach to education that gives attention to spiritual as well as academic development," he said.

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