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Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Protect the rights of the non-religious in education, says British Institute of Human Rights

Posted: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:12

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has endorsed several recommendations made by the National Secular Society, in a submission to the United Nations.

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

UK must honour equality and human rights obligations, NSS tells UN

Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:54

The National Secular Society has urged the UN Human Rights Council to recommend to the UK Government that it abolish religious discrimination in faith schools' admissions procedures.

New powers needed to investigate illegal religious school, councils say

New powers needed to investigate illegal religious school, councils say

Posted: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:00

The National Secular Society has welcomed calls from the Local Government Association to be given more powers to tackle illegal faith schools and investigate the education of the 37,000 children who are home schooled.

Government launches consultation on abolishing faith school admissions cap

Government launches consultation on abolishing faith school admissions cap

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:02

The Government has launched a consultation on plans to abolish the admission cap on faith schools, which currently limits religious discrimination in the admissions policies of new faith schools.

NSS calls for inquiry into Government’s faith schools admissions reform

NSS calls for inquiry into Government’s faith schools admissions reform

Posted: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:46

The National Secular Society has written to the chair of the Education Select Committee, calling for an inquiry into the Government's plans to abolish the 50% cap on faith-based admissions to free schools.

NSS calls for rethink over Government plans to relax faith schools admissions rules

NSS calls for rethink over Government plans to relax faith schools admissions rules

Posted: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:51

The National Secular Society has urged the Government to rethink plans to allow new faith schools to select all of their pupils on the basis of faith.

Councils ignoring illegal schools because they “don’t want to upset community relations”

Councils ignoring illegal schools because they “don’t want to upset community relations”

Posted: Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:31

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that local councils and police are continuing to ignore illegal faith schools, undermining efforts to prosecute the operators and protect children's rights.

Local councils lose challenge against unwanted Sikh free school

Local councils lose challenge against unwanted Sikh free school

Posted: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:27

Two councils have lost a high court battle against the decision to have a Sikh faith school situated in the small village of Stoke Poges.

NSS criticise Church plan to open 125 new free schools

NSS criticise Church plan to open 125 new free schools

Posted: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:49

The Church of England is planning to bid for control of more than one quarter of the new free schools announced by the Government.

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Parents protest against religious discrimination in Irish schools

Posted: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:54

Irish parents demonstrated over the weekend for reform to the country's school admissions – in an education landscape still dominated by the Catholic Church.

Reading Council proposes end to faith school travel subsidy

Reading Council proposes end to faith school travel subsidy

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.

Inclusive schools needed to tackle radicalisation, says European Commission

Inclusive schools needed to tackle radicalisation, says European Commission

Posted: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:54

The European Commission has called for inclusive education to help tackle radicalisation across the continent.

NSS criticises council proposal to expand faith school provision

NSS criticises council proposal to expand faith school provision

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.

Discriminatory faith school bus policy “under review”

Discriminatory faith school bus policy “under review”

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.

Thousands of children “hidden away” in illegal faith schools at risk of indoctrination and extremism

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.

NSS: Efforts to better integrate religious minorities must include a reappraisal of faith schools

NSS: Efforts to better integrate religious minorities must include a reappraisal of faith schools

Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 06:57

The National Secular Society has welcomed comments from Trevor Phillips calling for the "active integration" of religious minorities but warned that this cannot be done without tackling faith schools.

Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Independent Islamic schools undermining British values with gender segregation, says Ofsted

Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:41

Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that leaders in some independent Islamic schools are continuing to undermine British values, after inspectors found more evidence of gender segregation.

Academisation plans risk increasing religious influence in schools, warns NSS

Academisation plans risk increasing religious influence in schools, warns NSS

Posted: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:48

The NSS has warned that Government plans to convert all schools in England into academies could increase the level of religious influence and see the CofE gaining control of non-faith-based schools.

Cross-party call by MPs for more inclusive faith school admissions

Cross-party call by MPs for more inclusive faith school admissions

Posted: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:59

A cross-party group of MPs has called on the Government to make faith school admissions more inclusive and bolster social cohesion.

Faith schools selecting pupils from more affluent backgrounds

Faith schools selecting pupils from more affluent backgrounds

Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:23

A new report by the Sutton Trust has revealed how the most socially selective schools are likely to be faith schools using oversubscription criteria to select disproportionately wealthy pupils.