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Hackney fails to act over vast number of illegal faith schools

Hackney fails to act over vast number of illegal faith schools

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:03

A senior Hackney Council education official has admitted that there are more illegally operating schools in the borough than legal ones.

NSS calls for UK's public spending watchdog to investigate state handouts to churches

NSS calls for UK's public spending watchdog to investigate state handouts to churches

Posted: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:59

The National Audit Office has been asked to scrutinise the significant sums of public money that the Government has handed out to wealthy religious organisations.

Church academy chain to close only secular school

Church academy chain to close only secular school

Posted: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:40

A Church of England multi-academy trust is set to close the only non-faith school under its control.

BBC to increase non-Christian religious broadcasting

BBC to increase non-Christian religious broadcasting

Posted: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:14

After criticising itself for devoting too much of its religious broadcasting to Christianity, the BBC is to consider increasing its religious broadcasting to allow more time for minority faiths.

Conservative MP criticises division caused by faith schools

Conservative MP criticises division caused by faith schools

Posted: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:19

A debate in the House of Commons on the role of faith and grammar schools saw MPs quiz the Government over its plans to remove the 50% cap on faith-based selection to new faith-based free schools.

“Complete segregation” of genders within Islamic school is not discriminatory, says High Court

“Complete segregation” of genders within Islamic school is not discriminatory, says High Court

Posted: Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:21

Ofsted is set to appeal a High Court ruling that gender segregation by an Islamic state school is not discriminatory.

CofE faith school to insist parents attend church for two years

CofE faith school to insist parents attend church for two years

Posted: Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:17

A Church of England faith school in Heysham is considering changing its admissions policy to require parents to attend church for a much longer period to help secure a school place for their child.

New Hindu faith schools proposed, despite warnings of worsening ethnic segregation

New Hindu faith schools proposed, despite warnings of worsening ethnic segregation

Posted: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:37

The latest wave of free school applications includes proposals for seven new Hindu schools.

Scottish Government to consult on religious observance guidance

Scottish Government to consult on religious observance guidance

Posted: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:26

Campaigners in Scotland have agreed to "pause" their legal action on religious observance in Scottish schools, pending a consultation by the Scottish Government.

Counter Extremism Bill alarmed me most, says Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

Counter Extremism Bill alarmed me most, says Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

Posted: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:21

The senior lawyer tasked with reviewing the Government's legislation on counter-extremism has strongly criticised draft plans for tackling "non-violent extremism".

Diverse schools needed to breakdown worsening ethnic segregation

Diverse schools needed to breakdown worsening ethnic segregation

Posted: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:48

Parents should be encouraged to place pupils in "diverse schools" to help tackle growing ethnic segregation, a major report has warned.

Open letter to British Gymnastics over decision to suspend Louis Smith

Open letter to British Gymnastics over decision to suspend Louis Smith

Posted: Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:58

The National Secular Society has written an open letter to British Gymnastics calling on the body to reverse the two month suspension given to athlete Louis Smith for mocking Islam.

Portrait bust of NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh MP unveiled in Parliament

Portrait bust of NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh MP unveiled in Parliament

Posted: Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:32

A newly commissioned portrait bust of Charles Bradlaugh has been unveiled in Portcullis House, at a reception attended by parliamentarians and members of the National Secular Society (NSS).

Plans to increase discriminatory faith school admissions ‘reveals an alarming democratic deficit’

Plans to increase discriminatory faith school admissions ‘reveals an alarming democratic deficit’

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:03

The education secretary's power to relax faith school admissions without parliamentary approval or scrutiny reveals a disturbing democratic deficit, the National Secular Society has warned.

India debates replacing religious laws with one secular law for all

India debates replacing religious laws with one secular law for all

Posted: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:07

The author Taslima Nasreen, an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, has called on India to embrace a new Uniform Civil Code which would abolish religious personal laws for minority groups.

Ashers Bakery loses appeal over cake with “Support Gay Marriage” slogan

Ashers Bakery loses appeal over cake with “Support Gay Marriage” slogan

Posted: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:32

A bakery firm which cancelled an order for a cake with the slogan "Support Gay Marriage" has lost its appeal against the ruling that they had unlawfully discriminated.

Joint Committee on Human Rights challenges the Government on ‘extremism disruption orders’

Joint Committee on Human Rights challenges the Government on ‘extremism disruption orders’

Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:49

The Government has been criticised for failing to offer more detail on proposals for 'extremism disruption orders' – measures which the NSS has criticised for the damage they could cause to freedom of speech.

Press regulator sides with free speech in ruling on The Sun’s hijab article

Press regulator sides with free speech in ruling on The Sun’s hijab article

Posted: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:10

The press regulator IPSO has cleared Kelvin MacKenzie over an article in The Sun which asked why Channel 4 had "a presenter in a hijab fronting coverage of Muslim terror in Nice".

Church of England to consider cutting requirement for regular services

Church of England to consider cutting requirement for regular services

Posted: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:58

The Church of England is considering steps to abandon its current national obligations by lifting the requirement to hold regular services.

Scottish secularists challenge unelected church-appointees on Local Authority Education Committees

Scottish secularists challenge unelected church-appointees on Local Authority Education Committees

Posted: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:18

The Scottish Secular Society has launched a petition challenging the lack of democratic accountability in Local Authority Education Committees automatically including Church nominees.

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