Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:43
Ofsted has told the National Secular Society that it is updating its guidance on inspecting 'faith schools' following criticism that it endorsed gender segregation in lessons.
Posted: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:03
The NSS has accused Ofsted of "capitulating to oppressive religious demands" after the schools regulator told inspectors that gender segregation in faith schools should not be taken as a sign of inequality.
Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:59
The Church of England's chief education officer has indicated that new CofE schools will adopt 'open admissions' policy but will still be "rooted in Christian heritage".
Role of religion in schools under scrutiny as Ofsted reveal extent of fundamentalism in Birmingham schools
Posted: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:43
The role of religion in schools has come under scrutiny following Ofsted's finding that "a culture of fear and intimidation has developed" in those Birmingham schools caught up in the "Trojan Horse" controversy.
Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:41
The regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales has been criticised by the Lawyers Secular Society for endorsing the Law Society's controversial guidance on sharia wills.
NSS calls for statutory sex and relationship education in all schools, including those with faith-based ethos
Posted: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:17
The National Secular Society has called for age appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE) to be made a statutory part of the national curriculum.
Posted: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:34
A Christian charity has launched a booklet aimed at equipping Christians with arguments against euthanasia and assisted suicide so that they can take action ahead of expected renewed attempts to change the law across Britain.
Posted: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:54
The National Secular Society has said that legal action under equality legislation should be taken against a wedding stationer for refusing to serve a gay couple on religious grounds.
Posted: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:52
Secular campaigners in Scotland have lodged a formal complaint after the Scottish Parliament was used by an evangelical Christian group to launch a manifesto ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.
Posted: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:41
The shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, has called for more robust inspections to ensure all schools deliver a "broad and balanced" curriculum.
Posted: Fri, 30 May 2014 10:27
A campaigning group for LGBTQ rights in Guernsey has announced that it has secured a commitment from the Guernsey government to introduce secular marriage legislation, removing religious references from laws related to marriage.
Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 13:32
Families of children allocated places at Hindu faith school in the London Borough of Redbridge plan to appeal the decision, saying the school's religious ethos is at odds with their own beliefs and values.
Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 12:53
The European Commission announced this week that it was to take no further action on the 'One of Us' citizen initiative.
Posted: Wed, 28 May 2014 13:24
According to a recent poll from the US-based Pew Research Centre, the UK has a more favourable opinion of its Muslim community than any other European country surveyed.
Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 13:11
The UN Committee Against Torture has criticised the Vatican (in its guise as The Holy See) for several failures in its handling of the child abuse scandal.
Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 12:36
A report published by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) has accused the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) of being a "soft Islamist" group, and has called for its charitable status to be withdrawn.
Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014 13:33
Parents of a child refused a place at a state funded Catholic school have criticised the school over its admissions criteria, and say the school's policy of giving preferential treatment to worshippers has left their lives in turmoil.
Posted: Tue, 20 May 2014 13:44
The Council of the European Union has adopted human rights guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline.
Posted: Mon, 19 May 2014 16:51
Falkirk Council has announced plans to change admissions policies for all its denominational (Roman Catholic) schools to ensure baptised children are given priority over other children.
Children allocated places at Sikh academy offered alternatives – but faith school allocations continue to cause resentment
Posted: Thu, 15 May 2014 14:38
Parents who were allocated places at a controversial Sikh school against their wishes have all been found alternative places, the local authority has confirmed.