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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.

We must give up our faith in religious schools

We must give up our faith in religious schools

Fri, 14 Mar 2014

If social integration is the aspiration, we should start in schools and remove faith schools' right to religious selection, argues Philip Collins.

Faith schools: whose education is it anyway?

Faith schools: whose education is it anyway?

Thu, 06 Mar 2014

Education policy and practice should focus more on children's independent interests and building a shared society rather than pandering to religious groups motivated by self-preservation, argues NSS campaigns manager, Stephen Evans.

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.