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Church of ‘witch-slapping’ pastor withdraws application to open UK school

Church of ‘witch-slapping’ pastor withdraws application to open UK school

Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:08

A Christian group that linked child disobedience with witchcraft has withdrawn its application to open an independent school after the NSS called on the DfE not to grant the school registered status.

Government to investigate Islamic school which banned socialising with ‘outsiders’

Government to investigate Islamic school which banned socialising with ‘outsiders’

Posted: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:58

The DfE has written to the National Secular Society confirming that it will be "looking into" the NSS' concerns over why an Islamic school that banned its pupils from socialising with 'outsiders' was rated "good".

NSS welcomes Welsh Government plans to reform RE

NSS welcomes Welsh Government plans to reform RE

Posted: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:36

The National Secular Society has written to Huw Lewis, the Welsh Education Minister, in support of his plans to reform RE and rename the subject "religion, philosophy and ethics".

Muslim-majority school to integrate genders, despite protests from parents

Muslim-majority school to integrate genders, despite protests from parents

Posted: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:35

A Muslim-majority, non-faith school is to integrate boys' and girls' classes for the first time, after being placed in special measures by Ofsted.

NSS calls for new inspection of Islamic school that bans “socialising with outsiders”

NSS calls for new inspection of Islamic school that bans “socialising with outsiders”

Posted: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:07

The National Secular Society has written to the Department for Education and Ofsted calling for a fresh inspection of an Islamic school where pupils are reportedly banned from socialising with "outsiders".

“This is how theocracies begin”, warn Guatemalan secularists on education bill

“This is how theocracies begin”, warn Guatemalan secularists on education bill

Posted: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:09

The Congress of Guatemala is considering legislation that would make lessons on "Biblical values" mandatory in all schools.

NSS welcomes Caroline Lucas’ bill on compulsory PSHE and sex education

NSS welcomes Caroline Lucas’ bill on compulsory PSHE and sex education

Posted: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:46

Caroline Lucas MP has urged the Government to make personal, social and health education (PSHE) compulsory in all schools, including free schools and academies.

Government presses on with new Sikh free school despite council objections

Government presses on with new Sikh free school despite council objections

Posted: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:06

The Government has approved plans for a new Sikh ethos free school in Derby, despite the fact that the City Council has repeatedly stated that there is no need for new primary places.

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Diocese stresses “purity” and “virtue of chastity” in Catholic schools’ sex education guidelines

Posted: Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:16

New guidelines from the Diocese of Portsmouth say that Catholic schools should promote "chastity" as the "underlying theme" of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).

Cambridge councillors take stand against new faith schools, call for inclusive education

Cambridge councillors take stand against new faith schools, call for inclusive education

Posted: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:46

Cambridgeshire councillors have lambasted "segregation" caused by faith schools and recommended against building new schools with faith-based admissions.

NSS briefs UN committee on state of children’s rights

NSS briefs UN committee on state of children’s rights

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:24

The National Secular Society has warned that faith schools are becoming increasingly divisive and inimical to the realisation of children's rights in a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Academy teaches “abstinence” as contraception and sex education in line with the “Maker’s Instructions”

Academy teaches “abstinence” as contraception and sex education in line with the “Maker’s Instructions”

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:21

A parent has raised serious concerns with the National Secular Society over the strongly religious nature of sex and relationships education at their child's school.

Widespread local denial over Trojan Horse, as DfE accuses select committee of ‘downplaying’ the scandal

Widespread local denial over Trojan Horse, as DfE accuses select committee of ‘downplaying’ the scandal

Posted: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:12

A Birmingham councillor has warned of widespread local denial over the Trojan Horse scandal, days after the DfE said downplaying the affair risked undermining counter-extremism efforts.

No plans to review 50% free schools admissions cap, says DfE

No plans to review 50% free schools admissions cap, says DfE

Posted: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:53

The National Secular Society has welcomed assurances from the Department for Education that it has no plans to permit faith-based free schools to increase the proportion of school places they can allocate on the basis of faith.

Ireland strongly criticised by UN for domination of religious schools over education system

Ireland strongly criticised by UN for domination of religious schools over education system

Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:58

The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has called on Ireland to "increase the number of non-denominational schools" in its education system.

Hundreds of students sign petition calling on their school to end Christian religious assemblies

Hundreds of students sign petition calling on their school to end Christian religious assemblies

Posted: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:55

In just three days over 300 students at a Scottish High School signed a petition against compulsory Christian assemblies.

NSS welcomes closure of school inspectorate with alleged extremist links

NSS welcomes closure of school inspectorate with alleged extremist links

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:17

The National Secular Society has welcomed the news that the Bridge Schools Inspectorate (BSI) is to close, after strongly criticising the organisation for the extremist views of some of its inspectors.

Former education secretary calls for abolition of collective worship law and reform of RE

Former education secretary calls for abolition of collective worship law and reform of RE

Posted: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:22

The obligation on state schools in England and Wales to provide a daily act of collective worship should be scrapped, according to former education secretary Charles Clarke.

Australian Catholic schools criticised for distributing anti equal marriage propaganda

Australian Catholic schools criticised for distributing anti equal marriage propaganda

Posted: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:21

The Catholic Church has sent a booklet entitled "Don't Mess With Marriage" to 56 primary and secondary schools in Australia, prompting criticism from Australian secularists.

Tristram Hunt criticises “absurdities” caused by having faith schools in the education system

Tristram Hunt criticises “absurdities” caused by having faith schools in the education system

Posted: Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:34

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has warned that faith schools leave little hope for an integrated education system in the UK.