Understanding Christianity and the study of religion and worldviews: How the C of E has gained control of religious education
Wed, 09 Dec 2020
2020 research supported by the NSS shows how the Church of England uses its dominant position within the RE community to advance its own theological approach to the subject.
Mon, 02 Nov 2020
Wed, 21 Oct 2020
This report highlights how academisation has enabled faith groups to increase their influence over all schools, including those with no religious character. With little public debate, religious governance has increased, while secular oversight has diminished.
Wed, 07 Oct 2020
Wed, 30 Sep 2020
The NSS's 2020 report reveals how religious exceptions undermine the aims of the Equality Act 2010.
Mon, 29 Jun 2020
Mon, 02 Mar 2020
Thu, 07 Nov 2019
Mon, 07 Oct 2019
Fri, 16 Aug 2019
Our 2019 report makes the case for removing religious appointees from education committees in Scotland. It systematically examines the arguments in defence of religious appointees and the positions of local authorities.
Tue, 25 Jun 2019
Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Charities must have 'charitable purposes' that demonstrate how they provide a public benefit. The benefit provided by most of the 13 'charitable purposes' set out in the Charities Act 2011 is clear. The benefits of relieving poverty, promoting good health, saving lives and protecting the environment are obvious to all. But the public benefit of "the advancement of religion" is highly contestable.
Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Sat, 01 Dec 2018
State support for faith-based schooling is often justified in terms of parental choice. This report unravels the narrative around school choice, highlighting the many areas where families have little reasonable choice but a faith school and those assigned faith schools against their wishes. It also questions whether the "choice" of faith schools are a reasonable expectation consistent with the state's duty to provide education.
Fri, 02 Nov 2018
Mon, 15 Oct 2018
Tue, 03 Jul 2018
Mon, 30 Apr 2018
This study examined the SRE policies of faith based secondary schools, the majority of which are explicitly delivering SRE within the tenets of their faith, rather than in an impartial and secular framework that would generally be found at non-faith schools. Although SRE policies vary greatly from school to school, in many cases they amount to the promotion of a particular religious ideology within attitudes to sex and relationships.
Thu, 01 Mar 2018
Mon, 11 Dec 2017
This report outlines the central arguments for a separation of church and state and considers the challenges involved in making this a reality. It argues that disestablishment is right both as a basic matter of principle and in order to make the UK more representative of the changing landscape of religion and belief.
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