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Newsline 13 January 2017

It isn't long until Secularist of the Year 2017 and tickets are already on sale (full details below) and we need your nominations! Who do you think deserves recognition for advancing the cause of secularism and human rights?

Our thanks again to Dr Michael Irwin, who kindly sponsors the event with the £5,000 Irwin Prize.

If you have booked a place at our free speech event in Parliament this Wednesday to mark the 2nd anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo we look forward to seeing you there.

If you aren't already a member please consider joining the Society today – and don't forget to send us your nomination for Secularist of the Year 2017!

Faith schools mustn’t be allowed to stymie young people’s sexual health and well-being

Faith schools mustn’t be allowed to stymie young people’s sexual health and well-being

Opinion | Thu, 12 Jan 2017

Political sensitivity about faith schools is getting in the way of providing evidence-based, age-appropriate sex and relationships education (SRE) to all children. We can't wait forever for the Government's proposals on SRE, writes Stephen Evans.

A faith ethos is no magic solution for improving schools

A faith ethos is no magic solution for improving schools

Opinion | Sat, 07 Jan 2017

There are success stories and failures in schools of all types, including faith schools, despite what the churches would have people believe. NSS vice president Alistair McBay debunks the myth that 'faith school' is a byword for success.

NSS Speaks Out

Vice president Alistair McBay was quoted in the Herald discussing our concerns about creationism and inappropriate religious influence in Scottish schools. Our campaigns director Stephen Evans spoke on BBC Three Counties about reforming religious education. Executive director Keith Porteous Wood also spoke to Three Counties, about the fundamentalist 'ACE' schools, and he spoke to BBC Wiltshire.

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