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.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:27
Two councils have lost a high court battle against the decision to have a Sikh faith school situated in the small village of Stoke Poges.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:49
The Church of England is planning to bid for control of more than one quarter of the new free schools announced by the Government.
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:54
Irish parents demonstrated over the weekend for reform to the country's school admissions – in an education landscape still dominated by the Catholic Church.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:19
The Government has been challenged in the House of Lords over its approach to the inclusion of non-religious worldviews in religious education.
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:20
The NSS has written to the Department for Education over concerns that the Church of England is using academisation to strengthen its influence in schools – over the objections of school governors.