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The National Secular Society works for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone's human rights so that no one is either advantaged or disadvantaged on account of their beliefs.

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Opinion

The start of an investigation into the Batley Grammar affair raises questions over the government's willingness to ensure assertive religious voices don't dictate what happens in classrooms, says Stephen Evans.

The DfE must show leadership when religious hardliners turn on schools

Posted: Thu, 06 May 2021

Publicly funded school inspections which enable clerics to exert undue influence should have no place in a modern education system, argues Stephen Evans.

Faith groups have no business inspecting schools

Posted: Fri, 30 Apr 2021

Much of a pre-election letter from Scotland's Catholic bishops highlights the risks of allowing religious dogma to dictate public policy, says Stephen Evans.

Regressive religious demands shouldn't hold sway over political decisions

Posted: Thu, 15 Apr 2021

The film Women Leaving Islam shows the risks facing those who stand up for the fundamental right to leave religion and the ongoing neglect of minorities within minorities in public life, says Helen Nicholls.

Women Leaving Islam: the rights of those who leave religion must be protected

Posted: Wed, 14 Apr 2021

As families in England prepare to find out which primary schools their children will attend, Alastair Lichten says ending faith-based discrimination would make the admissions system fairer and simpler.

We must find the political will to end discriminatory school admissions

Posted: Mon, 12 Apr 2021

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What our members say

  • I was delighted Ofqual had investigated the inexcusable redacting of exam questions, had ruled in favour of children's education, and the key role the NSS played in this outcome.

    Luke
  • We should not label our children as Christian, Muslim or any other religious group. So big NO to faith schools.

    Asif, London
  • I feel proud my membership money will go towards future successes in the fight for a fair and secular future for all.

    Luke
  • "Thank you for all of your help. I had never heard of your organisation before, I bet there are many many families feeling like this with no idea how to broach it with the schools or where they stand legally. You do a great job in empowering people to have the confidence and knowledge to stand up for their beliefs."

    A Parent, whose school is pushing an increasing religious ethos
  • It's all very well suggesting Islamic faith schools are potentially damaging children, but the only way to solve this problem is to leave all religion out of education and legislation. I'm not anti-religion, but I am against giving any religion a free ride.

    Tom, Leeds