Posted: Wed, 21 Jun 2017
The NSS has called for Ofsted to inspect RE in faith schools after research revealed that millions of pounds of public money has been paid to religious organisations to carry out additional inspections of denominational RE.
Posted: Thu, 27 Apr 2017
The National Secular Society has said that Religious Education must be fundamentally reformed before the existing right to withdraw children from RE can be removed.
Posted: Thu, 30 Jun 2016
The Government has been challenged in the House of Lords over its approach to the inclusion of non-religious worldviews in religious education.
Posted: Tue, 03 May 2016
Religious education must be reformed before parents lose the option to remove their children from the subject, the NSS has said, after head teachers voted to make RE compulsory.
Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2016
The National Secular Society has reiterated its support for improved religion and belief education in schools but warned that concerns over poor 'religious literacy' are being used as a Trojan horse to elevate religion's status in public life.
Posted: Wed, 06 Apr 2016
The founding chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on religious education has warned that the group has been taken-over by religious "fundamentalists".
Posted: Fri, 27 Nov 2015
A review into Religious Education has called for fundamental reform of the subject, so that teaching reflects "the real religious landscape" of the UK – with content including a "broad range" of religious and non-religious views.
Posted: Wed, 25 Nov 2015
The High Court has ruled in favour of three families who challenged the Education Secretary's exclusion of non-religious worldviews from the new RE GCSE syllabus.
National Secular Society welcomes call for faith schools to face Ofsted inspections of their religious teaching
Posted: Thu, 30 Oct 2014
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.
Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013
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'
Posted: Sat, 23 Nov 2013
A head teacher has been forced to apologise to parents after threatening to punish children for racism if they missed a religious awareness workshop.
Posted: Sat, 05 Oct 2013
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.
Posted: Fri, 09 Aug 2013
A new survey on life at school has revealed that RE is regarded as the least useful subject to learn.
Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013
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.
Posted: Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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.
Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2013
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.
Posted: Wed, 30 Jan 2013
The majority of British people want state-funded schools to be secular, a recent YouGov poll has revealed.
Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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.
Posted: Fri, 05 Oct 2012
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.
Posted: Thu, 05 Jan 2012
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.