Secular Education Forum

The Secular Education Forum (SEF) provides expert and professional advice and opinion to the National Secular Society (NSS) on issues related to education and provides a forum for anyone with expertise in the intersection of education and secularism.

The SEF's main objective is to advocate the value of secularism/religious neutrality as a professional standard in education. The SEF welcomes supporters of all faiths and none. It provides expert support for the NSS working towards a secular education system free from religious privilege, proselytization, partisanship or discrimination.

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Education blogs and commentary

A selection of blogs and comment pieces on education and secularism. For education news from the NSS, please click here.

We can’t build a shared society around segregated schools

Thu, 15 Mar 2018

Our education and schools officer examines the education proposals in the Government's new integration strategy and argues that they should lead to a wider discussion of children's rights and facing up to the religious segregation rife in education.

Seven women who refused to be silenced by religious bullies

Thu, 08 Mar 2018

On International Women's Day, Megan Manson celebrates the stories of seven brave and determined women in the UK who religious hardliners have tried – and failed miserably – to bully over the past year.

Sturgeon’s praise for Catholic schools will exacerbate Scotland’s tribal divisions

Wed, 28 Feb 2018

Catholic schools are no remedy for a society facing ingrained sectarian division, writes Neil Barber. In praising them Scotland's first minister has shown a willingness to sacrifice social cohesion to reach a block vote.

We can’t allow faith groups to hamper efforts to regulate supplementary schools

Mon, 12 Feb 2018

As a trial reveals the brainwashing of boys during evening classes at a mosque in Barking, Stephen Evans says the Government should defy faith groups which resist the regulation of out-of-school educational settings.

Faith School Admissions: Four Myths Busted

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

Megan Manson takes on common myths about the 50% cap on children admitted on religious grounds to faith schools.