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Government to introduce religious discrimination in appointment of tens of thousands of head teacher and teaching support posts

Posted: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 10:52

The Government has quietly slipped into the new Education and Inspections Bill their intention to introduce religious discrimination or preconditions in the appointment of headteachers in the nearly three thousand religious schools that are controlled by local authorities. They are in future to be “appointed specifically to guide religious education in accordance with the tenets of the school’s specified religion”.

Government Refuses To Face the Problems That “Faith Schools” Have Created

Posted: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 11:49

The Government is tinkering round the edges of the faith school problem rather than confronting it in the radical way that is required, says the National Secular Society.

Government to defy Human Rights watchdog by not allowing ‘adult’ pupils to withdraw from Collective Worship and Religious Education

Posted: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 11:41

The Government last night threw out proposals that would have permitted older children to withdraw themselves from collective worship and religious education in schools – despite the fact that the Parliamentary Human Rights watchdog had said that if they are competent to decide this would be a breach of the pupils’ human rights.

Jack Straw and the Veil: This marks the end of Ruth Kelly’s ‘new and honest debate’ before it even started

Posted: Mon, 09 Oct 2006 11:52

The failure of Jack Straw’s colleagues to support him over expressing his preference for visitors to his office to remove their veils, appears to mark the end of the ‘new and honest debate’ called for by Ruth Kelly says the National Secular Society (NSS).

Professor Steve Jones is Named “Secularist of The Year”

Posted: Mon, 09 Oct 2006 10:59

The geneticist and anti-creationist Professor Steve Jones has been named Secularist of the Year by the National Secular Society. Professor Jones is the 2006 winner of the £5,000 annual Irwin Prize for his contribution to the promotion of secularism.

Church school 25% concession is a cynical diversionary tactic that means nothing, say secularists

Posted: Wed, 04 Oct 2006 06:48

The Church of England’s announcement that it intends to open up 25% of new schools admissions to non-church families was condemned today as a cynical ploy aimed at misleading public opinion. The National Secular Society (NSS) said that the move would have minimal effect on community cohesion but was an attempt to deflect criticism ahead of plans to open more state-funded Church schools.

The BBC Should Not Give In To Pressure from the RC Church to Recant on Its Panorama Programme on Child Abuse

Posted: Tue, 03 Oct 2006 08:15

It is vital that the BBC stands firm against attempts by the Catholic Church to silence its investigations into child abuse, says the National Secular Society (NSS).

Secularist of the Year Prize Award 2006

Posted: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 10:40

The National Secular Society will be presenting the second Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year on Saturday October 7th at a central London hotel. The prize consists of a cheque for £5,000 donated by Dr Michael Irwin.

Health Trust Should Save Nurses’ Jobs, Not Publicly-Funded Chaplains'

Posted: Tue, 05 Sep 2006 15:54

Worcester Acute Health Trust was urged by the National Secular Society to stick by its decision to cut the number of chaplains it employs and not to give in to religious pressure.

Government's Refusal To Challenge Faith Schools Over Cohesion Is "Madness"

Posted: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 07:40

NSS Vice-president Terry Sanderson has condemned the government's refusal to allow its new commission to consider that faith schools are part of the problem with integration.