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National Secular Society


Welcome to your latest monthly update from the No More Faith Schools campaign.

This month the National Secular Society (which coordinates our campaign) has launched a major new initiative: the Faith Schools Research Bank. The research bank features easily accessible summaries and links to almost 200 articles and reports on the impact of faith schools.

Meanwhile four new C of E faith schools are moving towards opening despite a lack of public scrutiny around the plans. We're working hard to challenge the lack of consultation and transparency surrounding faith school proposals in England.

And a Church of England diocese had to apologise after a church newsletter baselessly claimed "lies and anti-Catholic feeling" among Peterborough residents opposed to a new faith school.

At the end of this month my programme of talks will take me (virtually) to the Nottingham Secular Society. Join me on Tuesday 30 March. I hope that you can make it to this or one of our many online events, and that we'll have some in person events soon.

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


Research bank shows deep flaws in case for faith schools

A substantial new analysis of academic research has highlighted significant weaknesses in the arguments for state-funded faith schools.


Four new C of E faith schools moving forward with little scrutiny

Four new state-funded Church of England faith schools have moved closer to opening, despite a lack of public scrutiny around the plans.


Apology issued after church accuses residents opposed to faith school

A Catholic diocese has apologised over a message in a church's newsletter about local opposition to a new faith school in Peterborough.




Parent’s perspective: Playing the faith school admissions game would teach my children the wrong lessons

Almost all the places at the school my daughter wants to attend are reserved on a religious basis. Jumping through the necessary... Read More »


From the National Secular Society


NI’s education review is a golden chance to take a stand for inclusion

Alastair Lichten says a review of education provision in Northern Ireland must be willing to challenge entrenched religious interests to deliver on ambitions for a more efficient and inclusive system.

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