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Sex education reforms: faith schools to keep special exemptions

Sex education reforms: faith schools to keep special exemptions

Posted: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:15

The National Secular Society has welcomed moves to make sex and relationship education statutory, but urged the Government to rethink de facto exemptions for faith schools.

Inclusive assemblies to replace Christian worship in Brent schools

Inclusive assemblies to replace Christian worship in Brent schools

Posted: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:15

Local authority schools in Brent have been freed from the requirement to hold a daily act of Christian worship, after the council decided to promote a more inclusive approach.

Fresh ‘Trojan Horse’ claims plague Oldham schools

Fresh ‘Trojan Horse’ claims plague Oldham schools

Posted: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:16

The Sunday Times has reported on allegations of two new cases of attempts to foist a strict Islamic ethos on non-religious state schools.

“No explanation” for why council is declining Sabbath swimming cheque

“No explanation” for why council is declining Sabbath swimming cheque

Posted: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:45

Local campaigners have accused Lewis council of "blinding inconsistencies and contradictions" after it declined £11,400 to fund the opening of a sports centre on the Sabbath.

Washington Supreme Court: Religious beliefs no excuse for a business to discriminate

Washington Supreme Court: Religious beliefs no excuse for a business to discriminate

Posted: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:47

The Supreme Court of the state of Washington has unanimously ruled that a florist cannot discriminate against same-sex couples, in a ruling welcomed by American secularists.

High Court rules against sharia-only divorce claim

High Court rules against sharia-only divorce claim

Posted: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:40

The Family Division of the High Court has ruled against a man who claimed his marriage could only be dissolved under sharia, and that his wife must travel to Pakistan for a divorce.

Hackney launches consultation on unregistered schools

Hackney launches consultation on unregistered schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:07

Hackney has launched a consultation into the safety of pupils and the quality of education in unregistered schools following scrutiny from the NSS and critical media reports.

Shortlist for Secularist of the Year prize announced

Shortlist for Secularist of the Year prize announced

Posted: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:17

The National Secular Society has announced the names of six candidates on the shortlist for the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year.

Abolish Bishops’ Bench to reduce the size of the House of Lords

Abolish Bishops’ Bench to reduce the size of the House of Lords

Posted: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:10

The National Secular Society has recommended the removal of the Bishops' Bench to a parliamentary inquiry into how to reduce the size of the bloated House of Lords.

NSS welcomes “common sense” ruling on time off work for five week religious holiday

NSS welcomes “common sense” ruling on time off work for five week religious holiday

Posted: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:03

An employment tribunal has found that London Underground did not discriminate against an employee by denying him five weeks off work to attend religious festivals.

Success! Gwynedd Council rethinks plan to impose church school on community

Success! Gwynedd Council rethinks plan to impose church school on community

Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:59

Plans for a new 'super school' in Bala to have a religious designation have been shelved following widespread opposition to the proposal.

Pupils should have the same entitlement to religion and belief education - NSS tells RE Commission

Pupils should have the same entitlement to religion and belief education - NSS tells RE Commission

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:08

Every pupil should have the same basic entitlement to non-partisan education about religion and belief, the National Secular Society has said in a submission to the Commission on Religious Education.

43% of universities restrict speech that might “offend” religious people

43% of universities restrict speech that might “offend” religious people

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:07

University administrations are becoming increasingly "censorious", with 43% of universities censoring speech that might "offend" religious people, according to online magazine Spiked.

Liam Neeson backs integrated education in Northern Ireland

Liam Neeson backs integrated education in Northern Ireland

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:00

Actor Liam Neeson has released a video message calling for more integrated schools in Northern Ireland.

American secularists express alarm over Trump’s new Secretary of Education

American secularists express alarm over Trump’s new Secretary of Education

Posted: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:38

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has said it is disappointed after the Senate narrowly voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education.

Secular schools ‘more appropriate than faith schools’ in diverse Britain

Secular schools ‘more appropriate than faith schools’ in diverse Britain

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:43

Pupils from Muslim backgrounds outnumber those from Christian families in more than 30 Church of England faith schools, according to a report in the Times.

Trump to shred key separation between religion and politics

Trump to shred key separation between religion and politics

Posted: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:02

President Trump has promised to fulfil a campaign pledge to abolish the Johnson Amendment, which prevents tax-exempt organisations, including churches, from partisan political activity.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to present Secularist of the Year awards

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to present Secularist of the Year awards

Posted: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:41

The National Secular Society is pleased to announce that this year's Secularist of the Year award will be presented by journalist and writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Non-religious parents will be disadvantaged by new faith school, NSS tells Council

Non-religious parents will be disadvantaged by new faith school, NSS tells Council

Posted: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:31

The NSS has warned Powys Council that significant numbers of non-religious parents and young people will be disadvantaged under plans to replace existing schools with a faith school.

Children lose contact with transgender parent because Orthodox community will ostracise them

Children lose contact with transgender parent because Orthodox community will ostracise them

Posted: Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:24

A judge has declined a transgender father's request for contact to see her five children, reluctantly concluding that the children could not escape the adult reaction to their relationship.

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