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.

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

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

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

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.

The David and Goliath battle in our schools: parents versus religion

The David and Goliath battle in our schools: parents versus religion

Thu, 11 Jan 2018

As NSS research highlights a systemic bias against secular schooling, Megan Manson explores the tactics used by religion to infiltrate education – and how parents are fighting back.

Case study: Difficulty exercising the right to withdraw from collective worship

Case study: Difficulty exercising the right to withdraw from collective worship

Wed, 03 Jan 2018

Thanks to campaigning by the NSS, sixth formers have the right to withdraw themselves from collective worship. But faith schools often make this nigh-on-impossible, as this pupil's story from one academy shows.