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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.

Campaigns against school worship gain momentum in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Campaigns against school worship gain momentum in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Posted: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:11

The Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) has launched a judicial review against the Scottish Government following its refusal to allow sixth form pupils to opt themselves out of Religious Observance.

Open letter to Education Secretary: Government must respect children’s rights and abolish collective worship requirement

Open letter to Education Secretary: Government must respect children’s rights and abolish collective worship requirement

Posted: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:49

Thirty campaigners, including academics, MPs, peers and educators, have called on the Government to abolish the law requiring Christian worship in English schools, following criticism of the practice from the UN.

UN children’s rights Committee calls on UK to abolish compulsory worship in schools

UN children’s rights Committee calls on UK to abolish compulsory worship in schools

Posted: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:29

A UN committee has urged the UK to repeal laws requiring the provision of 'broadly Christian' worship in UK schools. It also called for pupils to be given the independent right of withdrawal from any religious worship held in schools.

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Woolf Commission’s multifaithism 'completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society'

Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:52

The National Secular Society has criticised a new report on the role of religion and belief in public life for calling for a multi-faith approach "completely at odds with the religious indifference that permeates British society."

Review law on collective worship in schools, say academics

Review law on collective worship in schools, say academics

Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:03

Senior academics have warned of "significant concerns" about the imposition of collective worship in non-religious schools – arguing that it may violate the right to freedom of religion and belief.

Student starts petition against collective worship in Northern Ireland

Student starts petition against collective worship in Northern Ireland

Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:07

A Sixth Form student has started a campaign against collective worship in Northern Ireland, from which pupils currently have no right to withdraw without parental consent.

DfE issues new guidance for promoting “fundamental British values”

DfE issues new guidance for promoting “fundamental British values”

Posted: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:25

The Department for Education has published new guidance for schools on the promotion of "fundamental British values".

Religious influence in schools criticised in House of Lords “religion in public life” debate

Religious influence in schools criticised in House of Lords “religion in public life” debate

Posted: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:10

The role of religion in schools has come under scrutiny during a House of Lords debate on the role of religion and belief in public life.

NSS calls on Welsh Government to review compulsory collective worship

NSS calls on Welsh Government to review compulsory collective worship

Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:40

The National Secular Society has called on the Welsh government to review the legal requirement on schools to provide worship after parents expressed concern about prayers being imposed on children in non-denominational schools.

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Religion continues to cause disruption in 'Trojan Horse' schools

Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:06

A school placed in special measures following the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' affair has received 100 letters from parents requesting that their children be withdrawn from collective worship, it has emerged.

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Lib Dems back proposals to end compulsory worship and faith school discrimination against teachers

Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:58

Liberal Democrats have voted in support of a motion to abolish compulsory worship in schools and to end religious discrimination against teachers in faith schools.

Calls for national debate over collective worship requirement in schools

Calls for national debate over collective worship requirement in schools

Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:33

Renewed calls have been made for a national debate about the requirement on schools to hold acts of collective worship. The calls came during an Education Committee evidence session on extremism in schools.

New petition calls for an end to compulsory worship in schools

New petition calls for an end to compulsory worship in schools

Posted: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:13

With parties developing their education policies ahead of next year's general election, a new petition is calling on the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats to commit to ending compulsory worship in schools.

Compulsory Christian worship should be reframed as ‘spiritual reflection’, says Church of England education chief

Compulsory Christian worship should be reframed as ‘spiritual reflection’, says Church of England education chief

Posted: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:18

The legal requirement for schools to provide a daily act of 'broadly Christian' collective worship should be replaced with "spiritual reflection" drawing mainly on the Christian faith, the Church of England's head of education has said.

School governors’ body recommends abolition of collective worship law

School governors’ body recommends abolition of collective worship law

Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:30

The National Governors' Association, which represents 300,000 school governors in England, has become the latest body to recommend that the religious element of daily school assemblies should be scrapped.

American Christian group demand right to deliver “inspirational messages” in school assemblies

American Christian group demand right to deliver “inspirational messages” in school assemblies

Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:33

A group promoting fundamentalist Christian values in the United States is demanding the right to deliver "inspirational messages" during public school assemblies.

Edinburgh secularists back bid to abolish religious observance in schools

Edinburgh secularists back bid to abolish religious observance in schools

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:43

An Edinburgh parent has launched a petition requesting that City of Edinburgh Council conducts a local vote to challenge "religious observance" in the city's non-denominational state schools.

Government confirms school worship guidance can be ignored

Government confirms school worship guidance can be ignored

Posted: Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:24

The Department for Education has confirmed that its own controversial guidance on collective worship can be ignored by schools. The guidance stipulates that worship in schools "should be concerned with reverence or veneration paid to a divine being or power."

Lady Massey asks why children are forced into collective worship

Lady Massey asks why children are forced into collective worship

Posted: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:50

Baroness Massey of Darwen has asked a Parliamentary Question in the House of Lords about whether allowing non-religious parents to withdraw their children from collective worship is an adequate alternative to having their children attend worship.

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