We want every pupil to have the same entitlement to high quality, non-partisan education about religion and belief. We think all schools should prepare young people for life in modern Britain by teaching pupils about the diversity of religious and non-religious worldviews.
We want to see an end to the arbitrariness and unfairness of local determination in Religious Education. Instead, we think religion and belief education should become part of the National Curriculum.
Education is a devolved issue. This petition is for the Department for Education (England) and the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Education. Our work on reform of religion and belief education in Scotland and Northern Ireland is seperate.
A selection of petition signatures
"Because allowing local groups to determine the syllabus is unworkable. Most lack the knowledge and pedagogic skills (except the teachers) to be able to make any sensible recommendations. Most SACREs are heavily resistant to any form of secular or non-religious input."
John from Watford
"National Curriculum should include study of diverse belief systems, philosophy, critical thinking - replacing partisan religious education."
Rod from Sevenoaks
"As a parent of 2 Primary and Secondary school age children i want to ensure they receive balanced and useful education about world religions. RE should not be used as a useful proselytizing tool for any religious group."