Challenging Religious Privilege
Read and share our campaign briefing on children's rights issues in, and our work related to, independent schools.
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: Fri, 13 May 2022
The NSS has expressed shock that female genital mutilation has been suspected at an unregistered school.
Posted: Tue, 10 May 2022
The National Secular Society has welcomed a bill to grant new powers to inspectors to tackle illegal schools.
Posted: Tue, 12 Apr 2022
The National Secular Society has welcomed plans to give school inspectors more powers to tackle unregistered illegal 'schools'.
Posted: Wed, 09 Feb 2022
Pupils at an independent faith school are not taught enough about healthy relationships, including consent, inspectors have found.
Posted: Thu, 03 Feb 2022
The NSS has welcomed a government announcement that it will create a register for children not in school to help tackle illegal schools.
Religious schools that censor textbooks, teach creationism and limit pupils' chances aren't respecting the right to a quality education. The government shouldn't let them repeatedly fail inspections, says...
Posted: Sun, 28 Jun 2020
Eye-opening evidence at a public inquiry has shown the dangers presented by unregistered schools. Richard Scorer, a lawyer at the inquiry, says the authorities mustn't leave children to languish in unsafe...
Posted: Thu, 28 May 2020
The government has published new guidance on independent schools, amid systemic failings by independent faith schools. Alastair Lichten looks at what's changed and how the DfE has handled religious groups'...
Posted: Fri, 03 May 2019
A government plan on integration sets out a positive vision on education - but faith schools remain the elephant in the room. Alastair Lichten asks if ministers' actions will match their rhetoric.
Posted: Tue, 12 Feb 2019
After a father threatens the government with legal action over a requirement to teach about LGBT people in independent schools, Alastair Lichten argues the focus should remain on protecting pupils' rights....
Posted: Mon, 07 Jan 2019