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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.

Government’s GCSE subject content review is another missed opportunity

Government’s GCSE subject content review is another missed opportunity

Tue, 23 Dec 2014

The Government's proposal to reform the religious studies GCSE subject content falls far short of what's really needed, argues Stephen Evans.

The Christmas nativity: Let it go! Let it go!

The Christmas nativity: Let it go! Let it go!

Tue, 02 Dec 2014

After it this week emerged that some school nativity plays are losing their religion, NSS campaigns manager, Stephen Evans, argues that schools should be free to innovate and have a bit of fun with their festive plays without po-faced nativity police telling them they can't.

Parent's perspective: The Collective Worship dilemma

Parent's perspective: The Collective Worship dilemma

Tue, 18 Nov 2014

One parent speaks out about the damaging impact of excluding her young child from mandatory collective worship in school, and how withdrawal isn't really an option at all.

Transport to faith schools: Local authorities shouldn't be subsidising religious segregation

Transport to faith schools: Local authorities shouldn't be subsidising religious segregation

Thu, 06 Nov 2014

A "hideous form of discrimination" or the justifiable removal of a religious privilege? NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans takes on Conservative MP Nigel Evans over the removal of transport subsidies to faith schools.

Sixth formers: You have the right to withdraw!

Sixth formers: You have the right to withdraw!

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

Sixth form pupils can excuse themselves from acts of worship – but it appears some schools aren't so keen on recognising their students' rights to religious freedom.