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National Secular Society


Welcome to your May 2021 update from the No More Faith Schools campaign. Our main story this month comes from Kingston Upon Thames, where the council is consulting on proposals for a new discriminatory C of E faith school.

With local elections taking place across the UK today, it's a reminder of the important role local government can play in supporting alternatives to new and existing faith schools.

If you live in Scotland or Wales, you may soon have new members of the Scottish parliament, or members of the Senedd. You can write to your MSPs and MSs using our template letter, and ask them to support an inclusive community ethos education system free from faith schools.

In other news, the National Secular Society, which coordinates our campaign, has launched a new report into religious inspections of faith schools. Also in this mailing is my article from today exploring why progress towards inclusive integrated education in Northern Ireland is still too slow

I've been continuing my series of talks across the country, speaking to local groups about how they can challenge faith schools and push for inclusive alternatives. I hope that you can make it to 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


Council consults on plan to open C of E faith school in Kingston

The NMFS campaign is urging supporters to oppose a proposal to open a discriminatory faith-based secondary school in Kingston-upon-Thames.


Scrap religious groups’ inspections of faith schools, says report

Inspections of state-funded faith schools which are carried out by religious groups should be scrapped, a report has said.


Progress towards inclusive integrated education in NI is still too slow

As efforts to integrate individual schools in Northern Ireland face mixed fortunes, Alastair Lichten says politicians should get serious about addressing the damage caused by religious privilege in its education system.




How faith schools add to the angst of school offer day

National Offer Day is when many parents fall victim to religious discrimination or discover they've been allocated a religious... Read More »


Governor’s perspective: How faith schools prioritise religion over education

Matthew is the governor at a Church of England school in Cornwall. He says those running the school have made it a priority... Read More »

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