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National Secular Society welcomes call for faith schools to face Ofsted inspections of their religious teaching

National Secular Society welcomes call for faith schools to face Ofsted inspections of their religious teaching

Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:00

The National Secular Society has welcomed calls from Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt for religious teaching in faith schools to be inspected by Ofsted.

Survey reveals schools failing to take religious education seriously

Survey reveals schools failing to take religious education seriously

Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 06:18

A third of community schools and over a third of academies without a religious character are failing to meet their legal or contractual agreements to provide religious education.

Head teacher apologises after ordering pupils to attend Islam awareness trip or face punishment for 'racism'

Head teacher apologises after ordering pupils to attend Islam awareness trip or face punishment for 'racism'

Posted: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:37

A head teacher has been forced to apologise to parents after threatening to punish children for racism if they missed a religious awareness workshop.

NSS welcomes Ofsted analysis of the state of RE, but warns recommendations don't go far enough

NSS welcomes Ofsted analysis of the state of RE, but warns recommendations don't go far enough

Posted: Sat, 05 Oct 2013 22:56

The National Secular Society has welcomed a new analysis of the state of religious education in schools from the education regulator Ofsted, but has warned its report's recommendations don't go far enough.

Survey reveals RE as least useful subject on the curriculum

Survey reveals RE as least useful subject on the curriculum

Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 07:45

A new survey on life at school has revealed that RE is regarded as the least useful subject to learn.

Is this a true history of religious education or a rewriting of the facts?

Is this a true history of religious education or a rewriting of the facts?

Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:41

Secularists and humanists in the 1960s and 1970s played a critical role in stopping religious education in schools being used for proselytising. That's the claim being made in new research from the University of Exeter.

Parliamentary inquiry led by Christians claims religious education in schools is “poor”

Parliamentary inquiry led by Christians claims religious education in schools is “poor”

Posted: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:30

A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education (APPG) has found that RE lessons are frequently taught by teachers with no qualifications in the subject, and is calling for more resources to be put into RE teaching and for the subject to be included in the new Ebacc.

Religious Education – special pleading increases in volume

Religious Education – special pleading increases in volume

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:31

The Catholic Education Service (CES) for England and Wales has reiterated concerns that Religious Education will remain relegated among academic subjects, after plans to introduce the English Baccalaureate were scrapped.

Majority want secular state schooling – while RE declines

Majority want secular state schooling – while RE declines

Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:24

The majority of British people want state-funded schools to be secular, a recent YouGov poll has revealed.

NSS questions new report on Religious Education

NSS questions new report on Religious Education

Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:45

A new report from Oxford University, which says that teachers are afraid to teach religious education in case they are perceived as "evangelising", has been questioned today by the National Secular Society.

Vested interest claims schools are flouting RE legal obligations

Vested interest claims schools are flouting RE legal obligations

Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:45

According to the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE), a third of secondary schools in England and Wales are not meeting legal requirements for teaching religious education.

Michael Gove personally killing RE, say enthusiasts for RE

Michael Gove personally killing RE, say enthusiasts for RE

Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2012 13:53

The chairman of the Religious Education Council for England and Wales, John Keast, has accused the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, of dismantling religious education in schools.