Religion and Schools
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.
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.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:27
Thomas Buchanan, a DUP MLA, has endorsed an event which seeks to teach creationism to children and said creationism should be taught "in every school".
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.
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.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:11
The Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) has launched a judicial review against the Scottish Government following its refusal to allow sixth form pupils to opt themselves out of Religious Observance.