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
"RE should be descriptive and not normative. That is, our children should be educated in the belief structures and ethical approaches of the major religions, without being taught that any one of them is actually true. The teaching should include humanism. To allow local organisations, or even schools, to dictate religious teaching will literally foster parochialism. It will invite religious segregation and ignorance of other religious and non-religious people."
John from Crosthwaite
"I'm having to send my daughter to a school outwith our catchment because our local school's assemblies are ALL run by the free church minister. I have also been told by other parents of children coming home crying by because their families were going to 'burn in hell' for not going to the local church."
"Schools are for education not indoctrination. Schools should help people understand each other, not drive them apart or discriminate against some children on the basis of religion. No discrimination and no proselytizing would be a good manifesto pledge."