Tags: Education

Should specialist theological colleges receive public funds for higher education?

Should specialist theological colleges receive public funds for higher education?

Posted: Mon, 06 Jun 2022 by Keith Sharpe and Chris Higgins

Specialist theological colleges focused on doctrinal training create inherent conflict with the academic freedom and anti-discrimination requirements of education. Therefore, they should neither receive public funds nor be registered with the Office for Students, argue Chris Higgins and Keith Sharpe. Read More »

Tags: Education, LGBT, Universities

NI education conference shows cause for secularist hope

NI education conference shows cause for secularist hope

Posted: Wed, 25 May 2022 by Alastair Lichten

The National Secular Society recently held an online conference on inclusive education in Northern Ireland. Here, Alastair Lichten shares the videos from the conference and thoughts on the speakers' key messages. Read More »

Tags: Education, Northern Ireland

Time to follow Northern Ireland in ending religious discrimination against teachers

Time to follow Northern Ireland in ending religious discrimination against teachers

Posted: Tue, 12 Apr 2022 by Ella Sen

After ending a blanket exemption from equality laws, Northern Ireland will outlaw religious discrimination against teachers. Ella Sen examines the situation across other UK nations and urges them to follow suit. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith schools

CofE plans to increase influence in post-16 education smack of hubris

CofE plans to increase influence in post-16 education smack of hubris

Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2022 by Alastair Lichten

The Church of England's emerging plans to expand their role in sixth form and further education colleges, accompanied by empire building and evangelism, may undermine the secularity and inclusivity of this sector, argues Alastair Lichten. Read More »

Tags: Education, Further education

A government blueprint for more religious control of schools?

A government blueprint for more religious control of schools?

Posted: Wed, 30 Mar 2022 by Alastair Lichten

The government's new proposals for education reform in England could see increased discrimination, and most non-faith schools placed in faith-based academy trusts. Alastair Lichten explores the threat to secular education posed by the 'Opportunity for all' white paper. Read More »

Tags: Education, Faith schools

An inclusive Britain starts with inclusive schools

An inclusive Britain starts with inclusive schools

Posted: Wed, 23 Mar 2022 by Stephen Evans

Keeping religion and state education separate is the best way of ensuring schools promote free inquiry, equality and inclusivity, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Admissions, Education, Faith schools

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Religious education isn’t the right vehicle for civics

Posted: Wed, 23 Feb 2022 by Stephen Evans

The government thinks religious education is important for developing children's critical thinking, values, and understanding of different traditions. There are much better ways to achieve this than through the outdated subject of RE, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Education, Religious education

Religious selection is only part of the problem with faith schools

Religious selection is only part of the problem with faith schools

Posted: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 by Alastair Lichten

Ending religious discrimination in faith school admissions is an important first step – but it will not undo all the harms caused by faith schools, says Alastair Lichten. Read More »

Tags: Admissions, Education, Faith schools

A vision for inclusive assemblies for all

A vision for inclusive assemblies for all

Posted: Fri, 05 Nov 2021 by Susan Garratt

Paul Stanley's work shows how much more inclusive and engaging school assemblies could be without the anachronistic legal requirement for religious worship, argues Sue Garratt. Read More »

Tags: Collective worship, Education, Reviews

Why is the Catholic church allowed to hinder secondary school choice?

Why is the Catholic church allowed to hinder secondary school choice?

Posted: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 by Alastair Lichten

A case in Leicestershire shows the mess faith groups make of admissions and why secular accountability is necessary, argues Alastair Lichten. Read More »

Tags: Admissions, Education, Faith schools

Schools should be liberated from the compulsion of worship

Schools should be liberated from the compulsion of worship

Posted: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 by Stephen Evans

As a bill to reform collective worship progresses in parliament, Stephen Evans argues that the time has come for lawmakers to recognise that laws mandating worship have no place in modern Britain. Read More »

Tags: Collective worship, Education, Opinion Out Loud

Girl at school gates

Locked in and locked out: how faith schools restrict families’ choices

Posted: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 by Alastair Lichten

State funding of faith schools means many families are left without suitable schools. The narrative that faith schools are justified on the grounds of choice should be confronted, says Alastair Lichten. Read More »

Tags: Admissions, Education, Faith Schools

Children in class

It's time to move on from religious education

Posted: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 by Keith Sharpe

RE has become a subject in search of a purpose. There are better approaches to learning about the diversity of beliefs, and better uses of time than using outdated legislation to perpetuate it, says Keith Sharpe. Read More »

Tags: Education, Religious education

Schools aren’t there to save the church

Schools aren’t there to save the church

Posted: Thu, 22 Jul 2021 by Stephen Evans

The Church of England's new evangelical missional strategy should lead us to question its entitlement to proselytise in schools, argues Stephen Evans. Read More »

Tags: Collective Worship, Education, Evangelism, Faith schools, Opinion Out Loud, Religious education

Children in class

Will the government protect the ethos of secular schools?

Posted: Tue, 13 Jul 2021 by Alastair Lichten

The Department for Education's protections for the secular community ethos of non-faith academies are inadequate. This enables a consolidation of religious control and undermines accountability, argues Alastair Lichten. Read More »

Tags: Education, academisation

Children in class

Schools must be supported against religious bullies

Posted: Wed, 07 Jul 2021 by Alastair Lichten

Comments from Ofsted's chief inspector highlight the need to help schools resist efforts to shut down teaching which reactionary religious groups deem controversial, says Alastair Lichten. Read More »

Tags: Education, LGBT rights, RSE, Religious education

FE college

The Church of England’s offensive in FE colleges must be resisted

Posted: Mon, 05 Jul 2021 by Keith Sharpe and Chris Higgins

C of E proposals to increase its influence in FE colleges have little to do with education and more to do with reversing its declining numbers among young people, say Chris Higgins and Keith Sharpe. Read More »

Tags: Education, Further education

St Mary's University Twickenham

The expansion of Catholic influence at St Mary’s University threatens academic freedom

Posted: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 by Keith Sharpe

A pro-vice chancellor's remarks suggest the governance of St Mary's University, Twickenham is heading in an inappropriate direction. This shows the need to oppose religious control of universities, says Keith Sharpe. Read More »

Tags: Education, Universities

Teenager in class

Requires improvement: Ofsted review shows need for a major rethink on RE

Posted: Wed, 02 Jun 2021 by Alastair Lichten

A review has highlighted significant problems with the way RE is taught. Alastair Lichten argues that it shows the need to ask fundamental questions about the purpose of education about religion. Read More »

Tags: Education, Religious education

Children in class

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

Posted: Fri, 28 May 2021 by Alastair Lichten

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. Read More »

Tags: Admissions, Discrimination, Education, Faith Schools

Batley Grammar School

The outcome of the Batley investigation is a surrender of liberal principles

Posted: Thu, 27 May 2021 by Stephen Evans

As an investigation into the Batley Grammar affair concludes, Stephen Evans says we should recognise the censorious precedent it has set. Read More »

Tags: Education, Freedom of Expression

Upset teenage girl

Parents’ religious wishes must not trump children’s safety and education

Posted: Thu, 20 May 2021 by Megan Manson

Every child has been withdrawn from sex education classes at an independent faith school. Megan Manson says the parental right of withdrawal is incompatible with children's right to an education that keeps them safe. Read More »

Tags: Education, Opinion Out Loud, RSE

Grotesque at Chester Cathedral

Faith universities are an anachronism

Posted: Fri, 14 May 2021 by Keith Sharpe

Churches continue to manage and govern several universities in the UK, enabling discrimination and creating tension between universities' academic purpose and the interests of those who control them, says Keith Sharpe. Read More »

Tags: Education, Universities