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.