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.
Christian Concern back parents over accusations adopted son was “held down” at prayer meeting for an exorcism
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:55
Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre are assisting a couple whose adopted sons were removed, after accusations one had been held down at a prayer meeting while people talked in tongues to exorcise a demon.
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:25
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has criticised Ireland in its periodic review, urging the country to protect the rights of non-religious and non-Christian children and families.
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:27
The National Secular Society has welcomed news that a 'discriminatory' school bus policy, which gives Catholic pupils free travel but makes non-Catholics pay, is to be reviewed by Flintshire Council.
Schools where face veils are a “barrier” to learning and social interaction to be marked down by Ofsted
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:09
The head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has announced that he is giving his "full support" to schools that "take a stand against the inappropriate wearing of the veil."
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:07
The NSS has warned that Government plans to stop secularist campaign groups from challenging the admissions processes of faith schools will enable faith schools to break the admissions code with impunity.