Education is where a lack of secularism impinges most on the lives of British citizens.
Schools with a religious character, or 'faith schools' as they are commonly known, account for around a third of our publicly funded schools. This seriously limits choice for parents who do not want a religious education for their children, or do not share the faith of the local school.
Despite a consistent and dramatic decline in church attendance, and a growing proportion of non-religious citizens, successive governments have paved the way for ever greater religious involvement in education, often to the detriment of community schools.
We oppose publicly funded faith schools and campaign for an end to religious discrimination in school admissions.
We also campaign for an end to compulsory worship in schools and for reform of Religious Education.
A secular approach to education would see 'faith schools' phased out and ensure that publicly funded schools are equally welcoming to all children, regardless of their religious and philosophical backgrounds.
Visit our education statistics page for facts and figures on religion and education.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:43
The National Secular Society has said that Religious Education must be fundamentally reformed before the existing right to withdraw children from RE can be removed.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:34
Two Welsh school students have launched a petition calling on Welsh Assembly Members to end the obligation on schools to hold collective worship.
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:21
A number of new faith schools have been approved to open by the Department for Education (DfE) in the twelfth wave of free schools applications.
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:07
An independent Islamic school in Birmingham has been forced to withdraw an advert for a "male science & Islamic Studies" teacher.
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:08
A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research has found that there is "no evidence" to suggest Scotland's denominational schools achieve better results than their non-denominational counterparts.