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Secular Education Forum

The Secular Education Forum (SEF) provides expert and professional advice and opinion to the National Secular Society (NSS) on issues related to education and provides a forum for anyone with expertise in the intersection of education and secularism.

The SEF's main objective is to advocate the value of secularism/religious neutrality as a professional standard in education. The SEF welcomes supporters of all faiths and none. It provides expert support for the NSS working towards a secular education system free from religious privilege, proselytization, partisanship or discrimination.

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Education blogs and commentary

A selection of blogs and comment pieces on education and secularism. For education news from the NSS, please click here.

Australia shows the way in removing evangelists from schools

Australia shows the way in removing evangelists from schools

Thu, 20 Feb 2014

With widespread apathy about what passes for religious education in schools, our classrooms are increasingly being used by religious groups to carry out their missionary work. Terry Sanderson explains how Australian parents have led the way in removing evangelists from schools.

Church of England is kept alive only by its presence in our schools

Church of England is kept alive only by its presence in our schools

Thu, 13 Feb 2014

With the Church of England is on its last legs, it's about time its continued involvement in state education was called into question, argues Terry Sanderson.

Ethnic mixing is good for communities – so why are we discouraging it in schools?

Ethnic mixing is good for communities – so why are we discouraging it in schools?

Tue, 04 Feb 2014

Terry Sanderson reflects upon some recent findings on mixed communities and integration, and the implication of those findings for our education system.

The God question: A tale of two adverts

The God question: A tale of two adverts

Tue, 07 Jan 2014

Alistair McBay examines the PR campaign behind an educational resource that seeks to bring creationism and intelligent design into the science classrooms of Scotland.

The God Question – a Trojan horse for Intelligent Design

The God Question – a Trojan horse for Intelligent Design

Fri, 29 Nov 2013

Intelligent Design is back in shiny new packaging, labelled as 'evidence based and balanced' and getting into the science classrooms in Scotland, argues Alistair McBay.