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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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".
Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:47
The Danish Medical Association has made a "symbolic" statement calling for an end to male circumcision, arguing that the procedure should only ever be performed with "informed consent".
Posted: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:25
The Government's consultation on plans to open more faith schools and allow them to select up to 100% of their pupils on religious grounds is coming to a close very soon.
Posted: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:17
A portrait bust of National Secular Society founder Charles Bradlaugh has been named Parliament's artwork of the month.
Posted: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:10
The Freedom of Thought report highlights cases of individuals who have been targeted for expressing non-religious views, for 'blasphemy' or for promoting secularism.
Posted: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:29
Policy Exchange survey, described as the largest study of Muslim opinion in the UK ever undertaken, has found widespread belief in conspiracy theories and significant support for sharia law.
Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:15
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a major new report on religion and belief in the workplace, with recommendations which have been strongly welcomed by the National Secular Society.
Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:02
The National Secular Society is appealing to the Great British public to help a fundraising effort to open a swimming pool on the Isle of Lewis on Sundays, which councillors are currently refusing to open on the Sabbath.
Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:25
Government proposals to allow a new wave of fully religiously selective faith schools will not improve standards and are unlikely to boost social mobility, new research has warned.
Posted: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:43
Research by the BBC has found that more than 30,000 children went missing from English and Welsh schools for "substantial" periods during the 2014-15 academic year.
Posted: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:39
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has announced plans to strengthen the power of Islamic law in the country, in a bid to shore up support from Muslim voters.
Posted: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:03
A Cheadle town councillor has rejected objections to the council holding prayers in its meetings, saying it was blasphemous to deny that the UK was a "Christian country".