Posted: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 by Philip Collins
If social integration is the aspiration, we should start in schools and remove faith schools' right to religious selection, argues Philip Collins.
The task of living together well is the dilemma of the diverse modern city. I saw this at its most acute in the... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 by Stephen Evans
Posted: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson
With widespread apathy about what passes for religious education in schools, our classrooms are increasingly being used by religious groups to carry out their missionary work. Terry Sanderson explains how Australian parents have led the way in removing evangelists... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson
With the Church of England is on its last legs, it's about time its continued involvement in state education was called into question, argues Terry Sanderson.
The Church Times has been carrying a series of supplements over the last few weeks taking a "heath... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Tue, 07 Jan 2014 by Alistair McBay
Posted: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 by Alistair McBay
Intelligent Design is back in shiny new packaging, labelled as 'evidence based and balanced' and getting into the science classrooms in Scotland, argues Alistair McBay.
"To be sure, Darwin's theory of evolution is imperfect. However, the fact that a scientific... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 by Stephen Evans
The Church of England's intention is clear. State funded schools will be regarded as churches – and serve as pulpits for evangelisation, argues Stephen Evans.
Parents and their children may have deserted the pews in droves – but that doesn't really... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 by Alistair McBay
Alistair McBay questions the objectivity of a new educational resource that claims to "review, objectively and dispassionately, the case for the existence of God".
A new DVD resource was launched this week at the Scottish Storytelling Centre that claims to... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 by A Teacher
A teacher's perspective on why faith schools should not be able to select staff and students based on their religion.
I am about to begin a role at a state-funded faith primary school, having had a successful start in teaching at an independent Catholic primary.... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 by Gary McLelland
Young people have a human right to sexual health and relationships education. Something which the religious minority in Scotland is taking away, argues Gary McLelland.
Scotland, like many areas, is working to promote safe and healthy relationships, especially... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 by Keith Porteous Wood
Posted: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 by Saul Freeman
A first-hand account from a parent on discovering and trying to deal with evangelism in his child's school.
Our son's non-faith junior school in Sheffield has been the object of a 'mission' campaign by a local evangelical Christian Church, hell-bent on 'capturing'... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 by Stephen Evans
Posted: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 by Alistair McBay
Posted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 by Terry Sanderson
How can schools tell children about religion in a way that is fair, objective, unbiased and, most important, doesn't close them off to alternatives?
How do we best explain to them that while some religious believers find comfort in their faith — as well... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 by Oliver Kamm
Teaching science to Jewish children is not the enemy of knowledge but the prerequisite of it, declared the Jewish Chronicle in its leader last week. It was a reference to disquiet among Charedi Jews about the GCSE science curriculum. Michael Gove, the education... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 by Alistair McBay
The last few weeks have seen the topic of religious observance (RO) in schools hit the headlines in Scotland. Two petitions have been lodged, one at central government and one at local government level.
Secular Scotland, a group of Glasgow secularists, launched... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 by Stephen Evans
By Stephen Evans, Campaigns Manager, National Secular Society
When primary school places were allocated in England last week, around sixty thousand families missed out on their first choice of school. For some parents, this meant their children being placed... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 by John Hunt
Guest post by John Hunt
Last month the local press reported that a Sikh free school "remains on course to open in Hounslow in September": but there has been no reporting of the secrecy and subterfuge surrounding its establishment.
Attendance at the only public... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 by Rebecca Sharkey
Posted: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 by Stephen Evans
It's the same every year. No sooner have kids gone back to school than we notice a spike in calls to the office from parents concerned about the amount of religion being forced down their children's throats. This year it appears to be on the increase.
In March,... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood
During Education Questions in the House of Commons on Monday, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary (for England) intimated that the Government is working with the Church of England to bring about its ambition to open hundreds more church schools.
The recently... Read More »