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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.

Evangelism in schools – a parent’s perspective

Evangelism in schools – a parent’s perspective

Mon, 14 Oct 2013

A first-hand account from a parent on discovering and trying to deal with evangelism in his child's school.

Evangelism in schools?

Evangelism in schools?

Fri, 11 Oct 2013

A report published this week by the National Secular Society has shone a much needed spotlight on the activities of evangelical Christian organisations operating in our children's schools.

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Thu, 01 Aug 2013

As church attendance continues to plummet along with the numbers of Britons professing religious belief, the Prayer Spaces in Schools initiative is turning schools into churches — and turning teaching increasingly into preaching, writes Alistair McBay.

How do we keep religious education out of the hands of the evangelists?

How do we keep religious education out of the hands of the evangelists?

Mon, 22 Jul 2013

Terry Sanderson argues why we need a more balanced and secular approach to teaching religion in schools.

A secular society is the key

A secular society is the key

Mon, 24 Jun 2013

Oliver Kamm explains why a Charedi faith schools' refusal to teach evolution doesn't just impoverish children's minds, but also violates their rights.