One week ago we launched the No More Faith Schools campaign.
The NSS may be coordinating the campaign, but it isn't about us. It may sound corny, but if we come together we can achieve change. Apathy helps the status quo.
Passion is our friend. The pro-faith school lobby is small but they are cohesive. Let's show we can be too.
I spent most of Friday reading the first few thousand petition comments – you can read some of them highlighted in Faith schools: reducing the harm isn't enough – and I'm really
impressed. It's important that we show the experiences of people from all different backgrounds, that we highlight the harms of faith schools and we set out the
positive vision for an inclusive education system without them.
Alastair can you commit to doing just one more thing to help the campaign? There are lots of ways you can get involved:
- Write to your MP: MPs consistently overestimate support
for faith schools. We have a template letter to help you lobby your MP on this issue. Whatever their stance, knowing their constituents want inclusive education
with No More Faith Schools is important.
- Contact your local representative: In addition to your
local MP, please ask your local representatives what they are doing to support inclusive education and oppose the expansion of faith schools in your area.
Remember also that education is a devolved issue.
- Share your story: Are you a teacher, parent or pupil that
has been affected by faith schools? It's not enough just to make the principled case against faith schools, we need to show how real people are affected by them
and that an inclusive education system is better.
- Share the facts: A lot of pro-faith school myths are
believed even by those that would rather an inclusive education system. Help us take these on directly by sharing the Faith School Myth Buster. Let us know if
you encounter any other common myths.
- Share your support: Make sure you're following us on
YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and send us a message saying why you support
#NoMoreFaithSchools. Why not download or create your own poster with your message?
- Build the coalition: If you are a member of a political,
religious, belief, community or social group that should be supporting the principles of fairness and equality behind #NoMoreFaithSchools, please contact that
organisation and encourage them to become a supporter.
We are proud to campaign for a fair and inclusive education system that will help to create a fair and inclusive society. Thank you for your support.
Education and schools officer
National Secular Society
P.S. this message was sent to the No More Faith Schools
mailing list. If you've joined the mailing list but haven't signed the national petition, you can do so here.