Posted: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:39
Reading Borough Council has opened a consultation on a proposal to end taxpayer funding for parents who opt to send their children to faith schools even though a nearer school is available.
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.
Open letter to Education Secretary: Government must respect children’s rights and abolish collective worship requirement
Posted: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:49
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: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:54
The European Commission has called for inclusive education to help tackle radicalisation across the continent.
Posted: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:25
The National Secular Society has launched a new anniversary appeal to help commemorate NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh, celebrate the Society's 150th anniversary and support its campaign work.
Posted: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:05
The Scottish Episcopal Church has paved the way towards allowing gay marriage, raising the prospect of a clash with the Church of England.
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.
Posted: Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:13
New data has shown a surge in reported cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England, with over 1200 reports made in the first three months of 2016.
Posted: Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:39
A new decree issued by Pope Francis under which bishops can be removed from office over negligence involving abuse of minors or vulnerable adults has been greeted with cynicism by the NSS and a victim support group.
Posted: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:18
Aliyah Saleem, a former pupil of an ultra-conservative Islamic boarding school in the UK, is to speak about her experiences at the National Secular Society's 150th anniversary conference.
Posted: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:27
The National Secular Society has joined dozens of secularist, humanist and free speech groups in calling on the Greek government to expedite the removal of blasphemy articles from the country's criminal code.
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.
Posted: Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:45
Tech companies including Facebook and Twitter have signed up to a new European Commission plan designed to clampdown on online "hate speech."
Headscarves and other religious, philosophical and political symbols can be banned at work, says European Court of Justice
Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016 16:26
A general workplace ban on visible political, philosophical and religious symbols in the workplace, including headscarves, is not discriminatory against Muslim women, a European Court of Justice judge has said.
Posted: Tue, 31 May 2016 14:19
The National Secular Society has welcomed news from Telford and Wrekin Council that its discriminatory school transport policy is being reconsidered.
Posted: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:44
The Government has announced the launch of its long-awaited independent review into Sharia law in England and Wales, to be chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui.
Posted: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:09
The National Secular Society (NSS) has urged the Government to ensure that all state-owned crematoria are religiously neutral, allowing religious symbols to be added when requested.
Posted: Fri, 20 May 2016 07:46
A town council in Shropshire has voted to drop prayers from its meetings over concerns that the imposition of prayer was putting people off from attending.
Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:02
A broad coalition of campaign groups including the National Secular Society has warned that proposals contained in the Queen's Speech could criminalise a "wide swathe of speech."
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.