Challenging Religious Privilege
Join our campaign for an inclusive and secular education system.
We campaign for the law and the administration of justice to be based on equality, respect for human rights, and on objective evidence.
Public services that are intended for the whole community, especially those funded by public money, should be provided in a secular context.
We campaign on a wide range of topics where religious privilege impacts public life. Including:
For over 150 years we have campaigned for disestablishment, the separation of the C of E and state.
Posted: Tue, 21 Jan 2020
The Welsh government plans to remove parents' right to withdraw children from lessons on religion and to rename religious education.
Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2019
The NSS has urged the Welsh government not to remove parents' right to withdraw children from religious education.
Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2019
The European Court of Human Rights has said RE curricula must be conveyed in an "objective" manner after a successful NSS intervention.
Posted: Thu, 03 Oct 2019
The Welsh government is consulting on plans to end parents' right to withdraw children from classes on religion, relationships and sex.
Posted: Fri, 10 May 2019
The NSS has submitted a third-party intervention to the European Court of Human Rights in a key case concerning RE in schools in Greece.
Three-quarters of a century ago an enduring piece of legislation secured free education for all – but gave churches substantial control over schools in return. Keith Sharpe says this settlement needs...
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2019
The Welsh government is considering removing the parental right to withdraw from religious education. Alastair Lichten argues that despite potential benefits, reforms don't go far enough to justify ending...
Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2019
New guidance on managing parents' right to withdraw their children from religious education in Wales is largely common sense, says Alastair Lichten. But it downplays the confessional nature of some RE...
Posted: Wed, 06 Jun 2018
Teachers from the ATL union have voted to demand a clampdown on parents selectively withdrawing their children from RE. But Stephen Evans says the right to withdraw should only be scrapped once the subject...
Posted: Fri, 13 Apr 2018
The latest report into the problems with religious education reiterates the need to start with a fundamental examination of the subject's purpose. But, Alastair Lichten wonders, do the proposals go far...
Posted: Thu, 23 Nov 2017