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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.

Church of England schools flouting daily worship law

Church of England schools flouting daily worship law

Posted: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:57

A survey by The Sunday Times has found that 40% of Church of England 'faith schools' are flouting the law that requires all state funded schools to provide a daily act of collective worship.

Education Bill: Peers oppose proposals to make worship optional in schools

Education Bill: Peers oppose proposals to make worship optional in schools

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:59

Peers in the House of Lords this week rejected moves to make collective worship in schools optional, rather than compulsory. The amendments were moved by NSS Honorary Associate Lord Avebury during the Report Stage of the Education Bill.

Proposals to make worship optional in schools rejected by Peers

Proposals to make worship optional in schools rejected by Peers

Posted: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:41

Peers in the House of Lords have rejected moves to make collective worship in schools optional, rather than compulsory. The amendments, tabled by NSS Honorary Associate Lord Avebury, would have given community schools the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not to hold acts of religious worship.

Meeting with Education Minister on Collective Worship and Employment

Meeting with Education Minister on Collective Worship and Employment

Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:35

Education Minister Lord Hill received a delegation on 12 October from NSS Honorary Associates Lord Avebury and Baroness Turner and NSS Executive Director Keith Porteous Wood. They discussed amendments both peers had tabled in the Education Bill.