Tags: RSE

Islamic RSE

NSS warns of growing threat from religious anti-RSE campaigners

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2019

NSS research has highlighted the activities of an Islamic group campaigning against relationships and sex education. Read More »

Department for Education

DfE de-prioritises respect for difference in independent schools

Posted: Fri, 03 May 2019

The government has watered down requirements on independent schools to promote respect for difference in an apparent sop to religious groups. Read More »

Teenager studying

NSS broadly welcomes changes to RE and RSE in Welsh curriculum

Posted: Wed, 01 May 2019

The National Secular Society has expressed broad support for reforms to the teaching of religion, relationships and sex which have been announced in the new curriculum for schools in Wales.

The curriculum includes an explicit reference to pupils learning about... Read More »

Protests

NSS urges support for teachers amid anti-LGBT protests and threats

Posted: Wed, 10 Apr 2019

The National Secular Society has urged the government to reconsider a requirement on schools to take pupils' "religious background" into account when teaching about relationships amid an escalating campaign against LGBT-inclusive education.

The NSS has written... Read More »

Religious education

NSS expresses support for RE and RSE reform in Wales

Posted: Fri, 29 Mar 2019

The National Secular Society has expressed qualified support for proposed reforms to religious education and relationships and sexuality education (RSE) in Wales in response to two government consultations.

The responses came after the Welsh government proposed... Read More »

Classroom

More schools suspend diversity teaching under Muslim pressure

Posted: Wed, 20 Mar 2019

Four more primary schools in Birmingham have stopped teaching lessons about diversity amid complaints from mainly Muslim parents about references to LGBT people.

The decision from Leigh Trust, which runs the schools, comes after a different school was forced... Read More »

Classroom

Birmingham school suspends diversity lessons despite Ofsted backing

Posted: Thu, 14 Mar 2019

A school has suspended lessons about diversity amid objections from predominantly Muslim parents over references to LGBT people, despite backing for its curriculum from Ofsted inspectors.

Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, where almost all children are... Read More »

Sex education

NSS welcomes updated guidance on relationships & sex education

Posted: Mon, 25 Feb 2019

The government has resisted religious pressure to extend parents' right to withdraw their children from relationships and sex education (RSE) in a move welcomed by the National Secular Society.

Draft guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) has removed... Read More »

Amanda Spielman

Ofsted head defends relationships education amid religious pressure

Posted: Thu, 21 Feb 2019

The chief inspector of England's schools has said all children should learn about same-sex couples amid increasingly loud religious campaigns against education about relationships and sex.

Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, told the BBC children should be... Read More »

Stop RSE

NSS: DfE must stand up to religious  bullying over sex education

Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2019

The National Secular Society has said the government should "not give ground" on relationships and sex education (RSE) in England's schools after highlighting the bigoted messages of religious anti-RSE campaigners.

An NSS investigation has exclusively revealed... Read More »

Don't let faith schools distort sex education, warns NSS

Don't let faith schools distort sex education, warns NSS

Posted: Wed, 07 Nov 2018

The National Secular Society has highlighted the risk that faith groups will continue to distort sex education in response to a government consultation over guidance for schools in England.

The NSS expressed its support for guidance which will require secondary... Read More »

Government threatens Jewish schools’ “purity”, rabbi claims

Government threatens Jewish schools’ “purity”, rabbi claims

Posted: Tue, 06 Nov 2018

A rabbi has called on Orthodox Jewish schools to resist requirements to teach evolution and about non-traditional relationships in the latest sign of defiance of the government and inspectors.

In an article published on EverywhereK, Mordechai Rose said the... Read More »

NSS welcomes Ofsted head’s opposition to faith-based exemptions

NSS welcomes Ofsted head’s opposition to faith-based exemptions

Posted: Fri, 27 Jul 2018

The National Secular Society has welcomed the chief inspector of schools in England's expression of opposition to faith-based "carve-outs" in regulations for independent schools.

In an interview this week with the JC, Amanda Spielman said the education watchdog... Read More »

Consultation launched on relationship & sex education guidance

Consultation launched on relationship & sex education guidance

Posted: Fri, 20 Jul 2018

The government has launched a consultation on new statutory guidance and regulations intended to make Relationships Education and Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) compulsory.

As the National Secular Society reported on Tuesday, the delay in bringing... Read More »

Comprehensive sex and relationship education delayed till at least 2020

Comprehensive sex and relationship education delayed till at least 2020

Posted: Tue, 17 Jul 2018

Following mounting equivocation from DfE officials, and growing rumours, it has been confirmed that compulsory relationships and sex education (RSE) has been delayed from 2019 until 2020.

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 required the Government to bring... Read More »