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National Secular Society

August 2018 update



Yesodey Hatorah are back in the news, this time not for their censorship of textbooks or restricting pupils access to advice, but their bizarre and extreme admissions rules that intrude into the private family lives of their pupils.

In Scotland Mhairi Black MP has questioned the future funding of Catholic state schools, and criticises their record of homophobia. Unfortunately the Scottish education minister says they have "no plans" to change the state funding for denominational schools or their ability to religiously discriminate. The Scottish government seems resolved to ignore the role of denominational schooling in promoting segregation. This comes against a background of polling showing almost

As religious belief across the UK continues to diversify and diminish – particularly among young people – politicians' commitment to faith based schools seems increasingly out of touch. But it would be a mistake to frame this in terms of religious vs. non-religious. Whatever your faith or belief, an inclusive education system today is our best chance of creating an inclusive society tomorrow.

Also in this update, a parent from Harpenden tells us how discriminatory faith schools restricted their family's school choice. We think it's so important for this campaign to share stories of ordinary people affected by faith schools. There's more information below and lots more information on how to get involved on the website.

Thank you to everyone continuing to write to your MP, share the petition, spread the message on social media and let us know about new faith school proposals. If you need resources or a No More Faith Schools speaker for a local group, please let us know.

Best wishes,

Alastair Lichten
NMFS campaign


Latest updates


Scottish govt commits to faith schools despite religious decline

The Scottish government has told the NSS it has no plans to roll back faith schools as a poll shows Scots are becoming less religious.


Jewish school may place requirements on families, adjudicator rules

A state school is not breaching the school admissions code by placing demands on families' dress and behaviour, an adjudicator has ruled.


Discriminatory faith schools make it harder to find a school place

A parent from Harpenden in Hertfordshire on the difficulty facing non-religious families trying to find a school place.


SNP MP questions future of Catholic state schools

The No More Faith Schools campaign has called on the Scottish government to "reconsider its position" on Catholic schools... Read More »

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