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.
Blasphemy to intimidation, we've always robustly challenged religious threats to free expression.
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.
Wed, 10 Oct 2018
The NSS has welcomed an academic report which calls on English state schools to raise children in a religiously neutral manner.
Sun, 09 Sep 2018
The NSS has given a "qualified welcome" to recommendations to replace RE with a subject entitled 'Religion and Worldviews' and introduce a national entitlement to it.
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Religious education should be replaced with a new national 'Religion, Belief and Values' subject, a former education secretary has recommended.
Thu, 28 Jun 2018
Mixed-sex schools in England should not generally separate pupils by sex or faith, the government has said.
Mon, 11 Jun 2018
British adults strongly oppose religious influence in school admissions, assemblies and RE teaching, an NSS-commissioned poll has found.
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 teaching.
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 is reformed.
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 enough?
Thu, 23 Nov 2017
Necessary reforms of religious education are being frustrated by religion's lingering influence. It's time to liberate RE from the vested interests, argues Stephen Evans.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017
A parent's legal challenge to the exclusion of a humanist representative from the local body responsible for overseeing religious education highlights the need for urgent reform of this contested area...
Fri, 21 Jul 2017