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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.

The Church of England’s unrelenting exploitation of the nation’s schools

The Church of England’s unrelenting exploitation of the nation’s schools

Wed, 20 Nov 2013

The Church of England's intention is clear. State funded schools will be regarded as churches – and serve as pulpits for evangelisation, argues Stephen Evans.

A search for truth, or a trojan horse for religion in schools?

A search for truth, or a trojan horse for religion in schools?

Tue, 12 Nov 2013

Alistair McBay questions the objectivity of a new educational resource that claims to "review, objectively and dispassionately, the case for the existence of God".

Job applications should not be a matter of faith

Job applications should not be a matter of faith

Fri, 01 Nov 2013

A teacher's perspective on why faith schools should not be able to select staff and students based on their religion.

Scotland’s young people deserve better than this

Scotland’s young people deserve better than this

Tue, 29 Oct 2013

Young people have a human right to sexual health and relationships education. Something which the religious minority in Scotland is taking away, argues Gary McLelland.

The RE Report – A missed opportunity

The RE Report – A missed opportunity

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood

The RE Council's report has been well received. However, with the decline in church attendance and increasing evangelism in schools, Keith Porteous Wood argues vital opportunities to reform RE have been missed.