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Legacy of Charlie Hebdo honoured in event at Parliament

Legacy of Charlie Hebdo honoured in event at Parliament

Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:01

Members and supporters of the National Secular Society gathered in Portcullis House on Wednesday night to discuss the future of free speech, two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

The need for a secular state “has never been greater”, says new report

The need for a secular state “has never been greater”, says new report

Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:30

A secularist report produced by academics and campaigners has urged the Government to reject calls for more religious privilege.

Latest religious takeover will see two community schools run by the Church

Latest religious takeover will see two community schools run by the Church

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00

Two community schools in Kent are to be folded into an academy trust under Church control, in the latest Church takeover of community schools, a trend warned of by the National Secular Society last year.

Local community rallies against religious ethos for new school

Local community rallies against religious ethos for new school

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:43

Hundreds of people have protested against a new school in Bala having a Church in Wales ethos, and a local councillor has called on the Church to back away from the project.

Ireland to consider banning schools from using religion in admissions

Ireland to consider banning schools from using religion in admissions

Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:57

The Irish Minister for Education and Skills has set out plans to tackle the religious discrimination endemic in the Irish education system, hitting out at the unfairness of a baptism requirement for school places.

Tickets on sale and nominations open for Secularist of the Year 2017!

Tickets on sale and nominations open for Secularist of the Year 2017!

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:14

It isn't long until Secularist of the Year 2017, and the National Secular Society is seeking your nominations for the award.

Britain has no national religious identity, say 18 to 24s

Britain has no national religious identity, say 18 to 24s

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:27

A ComRes poll has found that a plurality of 18 to 24 year olds believe Britain is a country "without a specific religious identity."

Faith school heads and governors raise concerns about academy religious takeovers

Faith school heads and governors raise concerns about academy religious takeovers

Posted: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:57

Religious leaders are set to steamroll faith schools into massive academy chains, centralising church control over the state-funded schools.

NSS urges Scottish Government to tackle governance failures concerning religion in schools

NSS urges Scottish Government to tackle governance failures concerning religion in schools

Posted: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:21

The National Secular Society has highlighted failures in the governance of Scottish schools, identifying a string of incidents where pupils have been exposed in schools to extreme religious views.

Scottish Government consults on religious observance, as poll shows majority favour reform

Scottish Government consults on religious observance, as poll shows majority favour reform

Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:22

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on religious observance, following a court case last year and a poll from The Times which found a majority in favour of change.

Pharmacy rules to emphasise patients’ rights thanks to secular medical campaigners

Pharmacy rules to emphasise patients’ rights thanks to secular medical campaigners

Posted: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:57

New professional standards being consulted on by the General Pharmaceutical Council will emphasise the rights of patients, rather than pharmacists who refuse to dispense medicines for religious reasons.

Raft of fundamentalist Christian schools downgraded by Ofsted

Raft of fundamentalist Christian schools downgraded by Ofsted

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:33

Nine faith schools which teach the fundamentalist Accelerated Christian Education curriculum have been downgraded, following Ofsted inspections ordered by the Department for Education.

Islamic school found to be hindering pupils’ personal development

Islamic school found to be hindering pupils’ personal development

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:17

Ofsted inspectors have downgraded an independent Islamic school in Tower Hamlets after finding "grimy" facilities, "inappropriate" books and a camera placed in the school toilets.

Britain’s changing belief landscape requires a rethink of religion’s public role

Britain’s changing belief landscape requires a rethink of religion’s public role

Posted: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 20:22

The time has come to separate church and state in order to ensure equality and fairness for believers and non-believers alike, says a major new report launched by the National Secular Society.

MP says Government's silence over Louis Smith heralds "unwritten blasphemy law"

MP says Government's silence over Louis Smith heralds "unwritten blasphemy law"

Posted: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:53

Charles Walker MP has criticised the media for unleashing "a torrent of venom" against Louis Smith, and said the Government was "nowhere to be seen" when it should have been defending free expression.

Government refuses to review discrimination against teachers in faith schools

Government refuses to review discrimination against teachers in faith schools

Posted: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:07

The NSS has criticised the Government for refusing to accept a recommendation from the EHRC to review the law which permits faith schools to discriminate against teachers on religious grounds.

Catholic education charity faces inquiry over handling of child abuse claims

Catholic education charity faces inquiry over handling of child abuse claims

Posted: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:34

A statutory inquiry has been opened by the Charity Commission into the St Laurence Education Trust and Ampleforth Abbey, over the Catholic charities' handling of sexual abuse allegations.

Call to found an Islamic faith school in Scotland ‘open to all’

Call to found an Islamic faith school in Scotland ‘open to all’

Posted: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:26

An academic at the University of Edinburgh has called for the Scottish Government to open an Islamic faith school in response to the country's "multifaith and multicultural landscape".

Sabbath swimming campaign succeeds, thanks to islanders and secularists

Sabbath swimming campaign succeeds, thanks to islanders and secularists

Posted: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:45

Local campaigners have succeeded in their effort to secure funding to open a popular swimming pool on Sundays – denying the local council of their last pretext not to open it on the Sabbath.

NSS urges Government to abandon plans to expand religious selection

NSS urges Government to abandon plans to expand religious selection

Posted: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:16

The NSS has responded to the Government's consultation on plans to remove the faith based free-school admission cap and criticised alternative measures to promote integration as "ineffective and tokenistic".

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