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Newsline 20 June 2014

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A “religious ethos” is not why faith schools succeed – it’s selection that does it

A “religious ethos” is not why faith schools succeed – it’s selection that does it

Opinion | Tue, 17 Jun 2014

Rather than a faith-based ethos, Terry Sanderson argues that it's selection that allows faith schools to outperform other schools – and calls for fairer admissions policies to ensure a level playing field for all.

Schools and the failure of multiculturalism and multifaithism

Schools and the failure of multiculturalism and multifaithism

Opinion | Tue, 17 Jun 2014

Rumy Hasan argues that faith based identity politics have contributed to an increasingly divisive school system, which undermines children's right to a broad, critical and tolerant secular education.

New campaign urges party leaders to support change in the law on assisted dying

New campaign urges party leaders to support change in the law on assisted dying

News | Fri, 20 Jun 2014

The campaign group Dignity in Dying has launched a campaign aimed at the three main party leaders asking them to support a change in the law to enable assisted dying.

NSS Speaks Out

We were quoted on three separate occasions in the Telegraph this week. NSS President Terry Sanderson was quoted on the need to rethink the dominant role of Christianity in the military after official figures highlighted the decline of religious belief among service personal.

NSS executive director Keith Porteous wood spoke out after David Cameron became first prime minister since Margaret Thatcher to join a US-style prayer breakfast in Parliament, using the occasion to again claim Britain to be a "Christian country".

Our campaigns manager Stephen Evans was also quoted after Ofsted announced it was scrapping controversial faith school inspection rules following criticism from the NSS that it was capitulating to oppressive religious demands and endorsing gender segregation in the classroom.

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