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Newsline 7 March 2014

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Faith schools: whose education is it anyway?

Faith schools: whose education is it anyway?

Opinion | Thu, 06 Mar 2014

Education policy and practice should focus more on children's independent interests and building a shared society rather than pandering to religious groups motivated by self-preservation, argues NSS campaigns manager, Stephen Evans.

MEPs call for better protection of fundamental rights and secularism in the EU

MEPs call for better protection of fundamental rights and secularism in the EU

News | Fri, 28 Feb 2014

The European Parliament has passed a resolution that calls on the EU to better respect and enforce fundamental rights and European values; values which include secularism, freedom of belief, freedom of expression and the right to die with dignity.

NSS Speaks Out

The NSS's exposure of a London Jewish school's policy of censoring questions about evolution in exam papers was followed up by The Sunday Times (subscription) and the Rationalist Association. The story was subsequently covered by BBC TV London News, and was its lead news on its Tuesday evening bulletin. See the report here, including contribution from NSS Campaigns Manager Stephen Evans. The story was also covered internationally by Haaretz.

The NSS's uncovering of Muslim schools unlawfully insisting on male-only applicants for science teacher positions was covered in the Daily Telegraph and Leicester Mercury. Stephen Evans was also interviewed by Al Arabiya News on this issue.

Stephen also appeared on BBC London and BBC Three Counties Radio talking about religious slaughter. He also blogged about "Faith Schools" for the Huffington Post.

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