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Education & Schools

Faith schools

Independent faith schools

Compulsory worship

School evangelism

  • Nearly half of all CofE churches send a member of their ministry into schools to lead an act of worship.
    Source: Statistics for Mission 2016
  • In a survey of 300 schools, only 35% of schools had a policy which covered the participation, invitation or behaviour of external visitors and speakers. Only 16% of schools had a policy or policies concerning the partisan promotion of religious or political beliefs by external groups/visitors/speakers.
    Source: NSS
  • No policies of schools surveyed requires parents to be informed of visitors in advance, and no policies clearly prohibited religious proselytization or required a teacher/staff member to introduce an external visitor and make clear that they are representing their religious views.
    Source: NSS
  • Studies in 2009 found that the number of dedicated school chaplains increased by 25% in five years
    Source: The Guardian

Religious education


Religion and the State

Religiosity in the UK

Christianity in the UK

Attitudes to religion and the state

The Church of England & disestablishment


Freedom of Expression

Free speech & 'blasphemy'


Equality & Human Rights

One law for all

Equality laws


Healthcare

Assisted dying

Circumcision

Chaplaincy

  • Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year – the equivalent cost of employing 1,000 new nurses.
    Source: The Independent| Related news: Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year (2015)
  • Several NHS Trusts pay full-time chaplains from £30,764 to £40,558; part-time chaplains are paid between £25,783 and £34,530.
    Source: The Independent| Related news: Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year (2015)
  • Four in ten Christians oppose the costs of hospital chaplains being met from NHS budgets rather than by the chaplain's religious organisation, with a third happy for the NHS to pay.
    Source: Ipsos MORI
  • Data provided by hospitals reveals no demonstrable clinical benefit from hospital trusts spending proportionately far more on chaplaincy services than those that do not.
    Source: NSS

Reproductive rights


Other

Religious non-stun slaughter

Public services & employment

  • 55% of people have little or no confidence in Church groups running "Crucial social provisions such as education". Only 6% have a lot of confidence.
    Source: YouGov / Oasis UK | Related news: Faith in public services?
  • 65% have no confidence in Church groups running "Crucial social provisions such as healthcare" with only 2% of people expressing a lot of confidence.
    Source: YouGov / Oasis UK | Related news: Faith in public services?
  • When asked "Whether a bank should, or should not, be able to insist an employee removes religious dress or symbol at work" a majority of Scots were in favour of allowing an employer to ask for an employee to remove a full Islamic face veil. 34% said they should definitely have the right to insist on this, and a further 31% said an employer should "probably" have the right to ask an employee to remove a face veil.
    Source: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey| Related news: New survey reveals Scots' attitudes to religious symbols at work (2016)

Clerical child abuse

Secularism around the world