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Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Posted: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:12

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has endorsed several recommendations made by the National Secular Society, in a submission to the United Nations.

Former deputy chair of NI education committee says teaching evolution ‘corrupts children’

Former deputy chair of NI education committee says teaching evolution ‘corrupts children’

Posted: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:27

Thomas Buchanan, a DUP MLA, has endorsed an event which seeks to teach creationism to children and said creationism should be taught "in every school".

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:54

The National Secular Society has urged the UN Human Rights Council to recommend to the UK Government that it abolish religious discrimination in faith schools' admissions procedures.

New powers needed to investigate illegal religious school, councils say

New powers needed to investigate illegal religious school, councils say

Posted: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:00

The National Secular Society has welcomed calls from the Local Government Association to be given more powers to tackle illegal faith schools and investigate the education of the 37,000 children who are home schooled.

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.

Government launches consultation on abolishing faith school admissions cap

Government launches consultation on abolishing faith school admissions cap

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:02

The Government has launched a consultation on plans to abolish the admission cap on faith schools, which currently limits religious discrimination in the admissions policies of new faith schools.

NSS calls for inquiry into Government’s faith schools admissions reform

NSS calls for inquiry into Government’s faith schools admissions reform

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:46

The National Secular Society has written to the chair of the Education Select Committee, calling for an inquiry into the Government's plans to abolish the 50% cap on faith-based admissions to free schools.

NSS calls for rethink over Government plans to relax faith schools admissions rules

NSS calls for rethink over Government plans to relax faith schools admissions rules

Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:51

The National Secular Society has urged the Government to rethink plans to allow new faith schools to select all of their pupils on the basis of faith.

Councils ignoring illegal schools because they “don’t want to upset community relations”

Councils ignoring illegal schools because they “don’t want to upset community relations”

Posted: Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:31

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that local councils and police are continuing to ignore illegal faith schools, undermining efforts to prosecute the operators and protect children's rights.

Sex education should be mandatory to help prevent child abuse, says former Solicitor General

Sex education should be mandatory to help prevent child abuse, says former Solicitor General

Posted: Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:05

Former Solicitor General Vera Baird QC, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, considers that compulsory PSHE in primary schools is "key" to tackling "sexual exploitation" and child abuse.

Local councils lose challenge against unwanted Sikh free school

Local councils lose challenge against unwanted Sikh free school

Posted: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:27

Two councils have lost a high court battle against the decision to have a Sikh faith school situated in the small village of Stoke Poges.

NSS criticise Church plan to open 125 new free schools

NSS criticise Church plan to open 125 new free schools

Posted: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:49

The Church of England is planning to bid for control of more than one quarter of the new free schools announced by the Government.

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:54

Irish parents demonstrated over the weekend for reform to the country's school admissions – in an education landscape still dominated by the Catholic Church.

Government challenged over treatment of non-religious views in RE lessons

Government challenged over treatment of non-religious views in RE lessons

Posted: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:19

The Government has been challenged in the House of Lords over its approach to the inclusion of non-religious worldviews in religious education.

Church ‘using academisation to increase religious influence in schools’

Church ‘using academisation to increase religious influence in schools’

Posted: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:20

The NSS has written to the Department for Education over concerns that the Church of England is using academisation to strengthen its influence in schools – over the objections of school governors.

Inclusive schools needed to tackle radicalisation, says European Commission

Inclusive schools needed to tackle radicalisation, says European Commission

Posted: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:54

The European Commission has called for inclusive education to help tackle radicalisation across the continent.

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.

NSS criticises council proposal to expand faith school provision

NSS criticises council proposal to expand faith school provision

Posted: Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:16

The National Secular Society has called on Milton Keynes Council to rethink plans to meet increasing demand for school places by significantly expanding faith school provision.

Thousands of children “hidden away” in illegal faith schools at risk of indoctrination and extremism

Thousands of children “hidden away” in illegal faith schools at risk of indoctrination and extremism

Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016 13:43

Ofsted has found over 50 suspected illegal faith schools since January, prompting renewed fears about thousands of children being taught in unregistered schools with no oversight.

Peers criticise “divisive influence” of faith schools

Peers criticise “divisive influence” of faith schools

Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 13:47

A House of Lords debate on school admissions has seen peers criticise segregation and division fed by faith schools and challenging Government plans to prevent civil society organisations from objecting to Admissions Code violations.