Tags: Faith schools
Posted: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 by Stephen Evans
Faith-based schools have been part of Britain's educational landscape for a long time. But as Britain's religious outlook changes, the time has come for some people to come to terms with their fear or unwillingness to question them, argues Stephen Evans.
Britain's... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 30 May 2015 by Oliver Kamm
In a pluralist and diverse society, it's an invitation to ignorance for children to be segregated by their parent's religious affiliation – so why, asks Oliver Kamm, is the state entrusting the education of huge numbers of children to religious bodies?... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2015 by Stephen Evans
Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2015 by Terry Sanderson
With the public, of all faiths and none, increasingly recognising the problems caused by faith schools, NSS president Terry Sanderson calls out politicians who complain about religious separatism on one hand while deliberately promoting it on the other.
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Posted: Thu, 08 Jan 2015 by GP Taylor
Many principled people of faith oppose religious privilege in state schools. Former Anglican priest GP Taylor makes an impassioned case for secularism as a basis for equally inclusive education.
As a priest, I was always suspicious of the new parent lurking... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 by Alastair Lichten
Every year the National Secular Society is contacted by parents upset to discover that a festive charitable project in their children's school is unwittingly making them tools for evangelisation. Alastair Lichten looks at some of their concerns.
It seems to... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 by Stephen Evans
A "hideous form of discrimination" or the justifiable removal of a religious privilege? NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans takes on Conservative MP Nigel Evans over the removal of transport subsidies to faith schools.
Last week, during Education Questions... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 by Alastair Lichten
Reports of a Cabinet row over plans to require faith schools to teach more than one religion at GCSE level show that even baby steps towards greater objectivity in religious education will face fierce opposition, argues Alastair Lichten.
Secularists have had... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 by Stephen Evans
Posted: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Those with a vested interest in the continuation of 'faith schools' have started their fight back against the growing number of critics, says Terry Sanderson.
After the furore of the Birmingham Trojan Horse affair, a lot of commentators reached the conclusion... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Rather than a faith-based ethos, Terry Sanderson argues that it's selection that allows faith schools to outperform other schools – and calls for fairer admissions policies to ensure a level playing field for all.
The headline in the Coventry Telegraph... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
Politicians are in denial over the problems caused by "faith schools" and religious influence in education, argues Terry Sanderson.
The National Secular Society has been saying it for years – "faith schools" are a bad idea. And despite the events of the... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 by Terry Sanderson
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: 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: 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: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson
Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 by Terry Sanderson
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement last week about the Nairobi shopping mall massacre which almost beggars belief. He said:
"These appalling terrorist attacks that take place where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of a religion... 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, 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, 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, 25 Jul 2012 by Alistair McBay
So, after one of the largest responses to a consultation ever recorded, the Scottish Government has announced that it intends to legislate to allow same sex marriage.
Aside from recognising the huge significance in this for a long oppressed section of the community,... Read More »
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 »
Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson
It's a Bank Holiday, half the staff in the newsroom are on leave, but news editors still have to somehow fill their papers and their broadcast bulletins. What easier way to do it than to draw on the ready-made Easter sermons of various bishops and Cardinals... Read More »