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‘Catholics-only’ school bus policy to be reviewed

‘Catholics-only’ school bus policy to be reviewed

Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:27

The National Secular Society has welcomed news that a 'discriminatory' school bus policy, which gives Catholic pupils free travel but makes non-Catholics pay, is to be reviewed by Flintshire Council.

Schools where face veils are a “barrier” to learning and social interaction to be marked down by Ofsted

Schools where face veils are a “barrier” to learning and social interaction to be marked down by Ofsted

Posted: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:09

The head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has announced that he is giving his "full support" to schools that "take a stand against the inappropriate wearing of the veil."

Government announces clampdown on complaints about faith school admissions code violations

Government announces clampdown on complaints about faith school admissions code violations

Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:07

The NSS has warned that Government plans to stop secularist campaign groups from challenging the admissions processes of faith schools will enable faith schools to break the admissions code with impunity.

French school pupils to be taught that secularism protects them

French school pupils to be taught that secularism protects them

Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:49

The French education minister has said that the meaning of secularism has been twisted and that teaching must be overhauled to show that Laïcité protects pupils.

Petition to remove bishops from the House of Lords gains over 10,000 signatures

Petition to remove bishops from the House of Lords gains over 10,000 signatures

Posted: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:19

A petition to remove Church of England bishops from the House of Lords has gained over 10,000 signatures in the space of a week – meaning it will now receive a response from the government.

A new secular settlement is necessary for a country where “no religion is the new norm”

A new secular settlement is necessary for a country where “no religion is the new norm”

Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:11

The NSS has stressed the need for a new secular settlement after a YouGov survey found that 46% of UK adults consider themselves to have "no religion", compared to just 42% who say they are Christian.

Arbitration Bill on religious tribunals and sharia ‘courts’ clears House of Lords

Arbitration Bill on religious tribunals and sharia ‘courts’ clears House of Lords

Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:56

Legislation to tackle gender inequality and discrimination promoted by religious tribunals like sharia 'courts' has cleared the House of Lords.

NSS welcomes moves by Church of England to fix the date of Easter

NSS welcomes moves by Church of England to fix the date of Easter

Posted: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:25

The National Secular Society has welcomed efforts by the Church of England to fix the date of Easter, something the NSS called for in 2015 in light of the disruption the changeable date causes to schools and business.

Ultra-Orthodox schools still use corporal punishment, say campaigners

Ultra-Orthodox schools still use corporal punishment, say campaigners

Posted: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:28

A charity and support group for former Ultra-Orthodox Jews has warned the Government that corporal punishment is widely used in unregistered Orthodox schools.

Church of England collapse strengthens the case for a secular UK

Church of England collapse strengthens the case for a secular UK

Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:33

Weekly attendance at Church of England services has fallen below 1 million for the first time – bolstering the argument for a secular state.

‘Driving ban’ Charedi school criticised by Ofsted after emergency inspection

‘Driving ban’ Charedi school criticised by Ofsted after emergency inspection

Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:58

A school which threatened a 'ban' on mothers driving their children to school has been criticised by Ofsted for failing to sufficiently promote "pupils' safety and well-being."

NSS backs plans for better safeguarding in supplementary schools

NSS backs plans for better safeguarding in supplementary schools

Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:08

The NSS has expressed broad support for Government plans to safeguard children and young people who attend "out-of-school education settings", including madrassas, with a system of registration and inspection.

Catholic Church intervenes in NI abortion court case to restrict access to abortion for rape victims

Catholic Church intervenes in NI abortion court case to restrict access to abortion for rape victims

Posted: Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:56

The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland is pressing the attorney general to appeal the 2015 High Court ruling that allowed abortion in cases of incest, rape or fatal foetal abnormalities.

Exam schedules re-arranged to accommodate Ramadan

Exam schedules re-arranged to accommodate Ramadan

Posted: Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:25

The National Secular Society has warned that the rescheduling GCSE and A-Level exams to accommodate Ramadan must not disadvantage non-Muslim pupils.

Victory for free speech as Pastor James McConnell found not guilty over “grossly offensive” sermon

Victory for free speech as Pastor James McConnell found not guilty over “grossly offensive” sermon

Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:23

The National Secular Society has welcomed a court's ruling that Northern Ireland Pastor James McConnell is "not guilty" for a sermon he uploaded online that was critical of Islam.

NSS welcomes minister’s commitment to ensure same-sex weddings can take place in military chapels

NSS welcomes minister’s commitment to ensure same-sex weddings can take place in military chapels

Posted: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:33

The National Secular Society has welcomed an intervention from Defence Minister Penny Mordaunt to ensure that the rights of gay military personnel wishing to marry are respected.

EHRC urged to tackle discrimination and unfairness of faith schools

EHRC urged to tackle discrimination and unfairness of faith schools

Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:55

The National Secular Society has called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to tackle issues of discrimination and unfairness stemming from religious influence in publicly funded education.

Icelanders turn to the ancient faith of Zuism to escape religion tax

Icelanders turn to the ancient faith of Zuism to escape religion tax

Posted: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:39

Over 1% of Iceland's population have registered as Zuist in the past month to escape the requirement on taxpayers to fund a state-recognised church.

Tickets on sale and nominations open for Secularist of the Year 2016

Tickets on sale and nominations open for Secularist of the Year 2016

Posted: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:53

Tickets are now on sale for Secularist of the Year 2016, to be presented by broadcaster and columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer, and the National Secular Society is seeking the public's nominations to receive the prize.

Verdict delayed in prosecution of "offensive" Northern Ireland preacher

Verdict delayed in prosecution of "offensive" Northern Ireland preacher

Posted: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:47

The judge presiding over the trial of Pastor James McConnell – accused of sending a grossly offensive message by uploading a sermon critical of Islam – will not give a verdict until 5 January 2016.

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