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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.

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.

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.

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.

Forced academisation could impose religion on pupils

Forced academisation could impose religion on pupils

Posted: Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:54

The National Secular Society has warned that proposals to force struggling local authority schools in England to become academies could increase the proportion of faith based schools.

72% support council’s bid to cut free travel subsidy for faith schools

72% support council’s bid to cut free travel subsidy for faith schools

Posted: Tue, 26 May 2015 13:45

Kirklees Council is considering ending free travel to faith schools in a bid to cut out unnecessary expenditure. The move has widespread local support, with 72% of 926 consultation responses in support of the measure.

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

Court ruling: local authorities are under no obligation to subsidise transport to faith schools

Posted: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:22

A judge has ruled that the state is not obliged to subsidise transportation to and from faith schools, despite ruling in favour of a Catholic school in a case over subsidised school transport.

LibDem leadership contender calls for secular state

LibDem leadership contender calls for secular state

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00

Tim Farron, one of two candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, has called for the Church of England to be disestablished and has also expressed his opposition to faith schools.

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

NSS urges Government to resist regressive demands to lift admissions cap on faith schools

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2015 12:57

The NSS has urged the Government to resist regressive demands to allow more discrimination in faith schools after it emerged the Catholic Education Service is lobbying "hard" to remove the cap on faith-based admissions to academies – and is hopeful that the Government will revisit the issue.

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Faith school closes so staff can go on religious pilgrimage

Posted: Thu, 07 May 2015 14:38

A Catholic primary school in Birmingham closed for a day during term-time so that its staff could attend a pilgrimage to the Vatican.

NSS backs parents allocated Sikh school against their wishes

NSS backs parents allocated Sikh school against their wishes

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:05

The National Secular Society is supporting parents whose children have been allocated a Sikh ethos free school against their wishes.

Failed Orthodox school prioritised “narrow” religious education over reading, maths and science -Ofsted

Failed Orthodox school prioritised “narrow” religious education over reading, maths and science -Ofsted

Posted: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:21

An Independent Jewish faith school has failed all five Ofsted assessment criteria and been branded "inadequate" for its "narrow" focus on religious studies and students' lack of basic skills.

Educate Together describes religious monopoly over Irish schools as “shocking”

Educate Together describes religious monopoly over Irish schools as “shocking”

Posted: Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:44

Educate Together, the independent NGO that runs non-faith schools in Ireland, has warned of the "shocking" control of religious groups over Irish education.

Priest criticises Catholics-only school bus policy for faith school pupils

Priest criticises Catholics-only school bus policy for faith school pupils

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:12

Flintshire Council has come under attack from a priest over its policy of only funding school bus travel to faith schools for pupils who can provide evidence of their religious affiliation.

Social Integration Commission calls for limits on new faith schools

Social Integration Commission calls for limits on new faith schools

Posted: Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:02

A new report by the Social Integration Commission has warned of segregation in Britain and called on the Department for Education to place limits on new faith schools.

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Catholic school's transport 'discrimination' claim disputed by secularists

Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:50

Swansea Council is facing a judicial review after deciding to phase-out its subsidy for faith school students to have free transport to school.

Durham Free School criticised for emphasis on religion when recruiting staff – teachers branded “crap” by MP

Durham Free School criticised for emphasis on religion when recruiting staff – teachers branded “crap” by MP

Posted: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:06

Durham Free School has been strongly criticised for its emphasis on the religious credentials of staff and the poor quality of teachers.