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Hackney launches consultation on unregistered schools

Hackney launches consultation on unregistered schools

Posted: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:07

Hackney has launched a consultation into the safety of pupils and the quality of education in unregistered schools following scrutiny from the NSS and critical media reports.

Success! Gwynedd Council rethinks plan to impose church school on community

Success! Gwynedd Council rethinks plan to impose church school on community

Posted: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:59

Plans for a new 'super school' in Bala to have a religious designation have been shelved following widespread opposition to the proposal.

Pupils should have the same entitlement to religion and belief education - NSS tells RE Commission

Pupils should have the same entitlement to religion and belief education - NSS tells RE Commission

Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:08

Every pupil should have the same basic entitlement to non-partisan education about religion and belief, the National Secular Society has said in a submission to the Commission on Religious Education.

Liam Neeson backs integrated education in Northern Ireland

Liam Neeson backs integrated education in Northern Ireland

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:00

Actor Liam Neeson has released a video message calling for more integrated schools in Northern Ireland.

American secularists express alarm over Trump’s new Secretary of Education

American secularists express alarm over Trump’s new Secretary of Education

Posted: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:38

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has said it is disappointed after the Senate narrowly voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education.

Secular schools ‘more appropriate than faith schools’ in diverse Britain

Secular schools ‘more appropriate than faith schools’ in diverse Britain

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:43

Pupils from Muslim backgrounds outnumber those from Christian families in more than 30 Church of England faith schools, according to a report in the Times.

Non-religious parents will be disadvantaged by new faith school, NSS tells Council

Non-religious parents will be disadvantaged by new faith school, NSS tells Council

Posted: Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:31

The NSS has warned Powys Council that significant numbers of non-religious parents and young people will be disadvantaged under plans to replace existing schools with a faith school.

Church appointee tells education committee learning about “LGBT lifestyles” leaves children “disturbed”

Church appointee tells education committee learning about “LGBT lifestyles” leaves children “disturbed”

Posted: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:09

A clergyman has used his privileged position on Highland Council education committee to attack "overt" LGBT people.

Don’t force the hijab on young girls, says Muslim women’s rights campaigner

Don’t force the hijab on young girls, says Muslim women’s rights campaigner

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:33

Shaista Gohir of the Muslim Women's Network has criticised Muslim parents who make their young daughters wear hijabs.

Northern Ireland: Secularists support moves to integrate education

Northern Ireland: Secularists support moves to integrate education

Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:03

The NSS has called for more efforts to integrate education, promote citizenship education and reduce discrimination against pupils and teachers in Northern Ireland.

“All schools” must provide sex education, says Labour MP in appeal for Conservative support

“All schools” must provide sex education, says Labour MP in appeal for Conservative support

Posted: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:51

Labour MP Stella Creasy has written in Conservative Home appealing for cross-party support to make sex and relationships education (SRE) mandatory in all schools, including faith schools.

Latest religious takeover will see two community schools run by the Church

Latest religious takeover will see two community schools run by the Church

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00

Two community schools in Kent are to be folded into an academy trust under Church control, in the latest Church takeover of community schools, a trend warned of by the National Secular Society last year.

Local community rallies against religious ethos for new school

Local community rallies against religious ethos for new school

Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:43

Hundreds of people have protested against a new school in Bala having a Church in Wales ethos, and a local councillor has called on the Church to back away from the project.

Ireland to consider banning schools from using religion in admissions

Ireland to consider banning schools from using religion in admissions

Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:57

The Irish Minister for Education and Skills has set out plans to tackle the religious discrimination endemic in the Irish education system, hitting out at the unfairness of a baptism requirement for school places.

Faith school heads and governors raise concerns about academy religious takeovers

Faith school heads and governors raise concerns about academy religious takeovers

Posted: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:57

Religious leaders are set to steamroll faith schools into massive academy chains, centralising church control over the state-funded schools.

NSS urges Scottish Government to tackle governance failures concerning religion in schools

NSS urges Scottish Government to tackle governance failures concerning religion in schools

Posted: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:21

The National Secular Society has highlighted failures in the governance of Scottish schools, identifying a string of incidents where pupils have been exposed in schools to extreme religious views.

Scottish Government consults on religious observance, as poll shows majority favour reform

Scottish Government consults on religious observance, as poll shows majority favour reform

Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:22

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.

Raft of fundamentalist Christian schools downgraded by Ofsted

Raft of fundamentalist Christian schools downgraded by Ofsted

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:33

Nine faith schools which teach the fundamentalist Accelerated Christian Education curriculum have been downgraded, following Ofsted inspections ordered by the Department for Education.

Islamic school found to be hindering pupils’ personal development

Islamic school found to be hindering pupils’ personal development

Posted: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:17

Ofsted inspectors have downgraded an independent Islamic school in Tower Hamlets after finding "grimy" facilities, "inappropriate" books and a camera placed in the school toilets.

NSS urges Government to abandon plans to expand religious selection

NSS urges Government to abandon plans to expand religious selection

Posted: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:16

The NSS has responded to the Government's consultation on plans to remove the faith based free-school admission cap and criticised alternative measures to promote integration as "ineffective and tokenistic".