Tags: Collective Worship
Posted: Thu, 29 Jun 2017
Two Welsh school students who launched a petition demanding the removal of the obligation on state schools to hold acts of worship have won support from a committee of AMs.
Posted: Fri, 21 Apr 2017
Two Welsh school students have launched a petition calling on Welsh Assembly Members to end the obligation on schools to hold collective worship.
Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2017
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on religious observance, following a court case last year and a poll from The Times which found a majority in favour of change.
Posted: Mon, 07 Nov 2016
Campaigners in Scotland have agreed to "pause" their legal action on religious observance in Scottish schools, pending a consultation by the Scottish Government.
Posted: Wed, 14 Sep 2016
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
Posted: Fri, 17 Jun 2016
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.
Posted: Fri, 10 Jun 2016
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'
Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2015
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."
Posted: Fri, 13 Nov 2015
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.
Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2015
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.
Posted: Tue, 02 Dec 2014
The Department for Education has published new guidance for schools on the promotion of "fundamental British values".
Posted: Thu, 27 Nov 2014
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.
Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014
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.
Posted: Wed, 15 Oct 2014
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.
Posted: Tue, 07 Oct 2014
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.
Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2014
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.
Posted: Thu, 10 Jul 2014
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
Posted: Tue, 08 Jul 2014
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.
Posted: Mon, 30 Jun 2014
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.
Posted: Tue, 06 Aug 2013
A group promoting fundamentalist Christian values in the United States is demanding the right to deliver "inspirational messages" during public school assemblies.