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National Secular Society


Welcome to your June 2021 update from the No More Faith Schools campaign. Over the last month we've continued to support local campaigns and activists across the UK. We're challenging divisive new faith school proposals and pushing for inclusive alternatives.

In Kingston upon Thames, we're organising residents calling on the local council not to open a discriminatory new faith school. In Oldham a new campaign group has been set up focusing on discriminatory admissions. Local campaigns like these need people like you to get involved.

Over on the site of the National Secular Society, which coordinates our campaign, I have written about our research suggesting that the Church of England downplays the extent of religious discrimination in admissions to the schools it runs. I argue that we should just end this shameful practice.

And meanwhile the head of a C of E school explains how a faith based inspection regime enabled the local church diocese to push its own interests - at the expense of those of students and the local community.

On Wednesday 9 June, I am doing the last in my series of online talks, at Ely Humanists. You're welcome to come along to learn more about the problems with faith schools, and why and how we can move to a secular education system. I am hoping that further No More Faith Schools events planed from September can take place in person.

Best wishes,

Alastair Lichten
NMFS campaign coordinator

P.S. If you want to get more involved in the campaign check out the ideas in 20 ways you can support an end to faith schools today.


Latest from the campaign


NMFS campaign: seek inclusive alternatives to Kingston faith school

The No More Faith Schools campaign has urged the council in Kingston-upon-Thames to reject a proposal to open a discriminatory C of E school in the area.


Campaigners criticise discriminatory faith school planned in Oldham

Campaigners in Oldham have criticised plans to open a C of E school which will be able to select 50% of its pupils on religious grounds.


Hundreds tell government to rethink faith-based school admissions

More than 1,100 people have criticised religious discrimination in response to a consultation on school admissions changes in England.


Is the C of E ashamed of discrimination in school admissions?

Research suggests the Church of England downplays the extent of religious discrimination in admissions to the schools it runs. Its embarrassment shows the need to end this practice, says Alastair Lichten.




Head’s perspective: Church inspections impeded efforts to promote inclusivity and an honest education

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