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Understanding Christianity and the study of religion and worldviews: How the C of E has gained control of religious education

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.

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Power grab: Academisation and the threat to secular education

Power grab: Academisation and the threat to secular education

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.

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Faith-shaped holes: How religious privilege is undermining equality law

Faith-shaped holes: How religious privilege is undermining equality law

Wed, 30 Sep 2020

The NSS's 2020 report reveals how religious exceptions undermine the aims of the Equality Act 2010.

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Religious reps: unrepresentative, unnecessary and unjustified

Religious reps: unrepresentative, unnecessary and unjustified

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.

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The choice delusion: how faith schools restrict primary school choice in England

The choice delusion: how faith schools restrict primary school choice in England

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.

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Unsafe Sex Education: The risk of letting religious schools teach within the tenets of their faith

Unsafe Sex Education: The risk of letting religious schools teach within the tenets of their faith

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.

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NSS Disestablishment Report 2017

NSS Disestablishment Report 2017

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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The National Secular Society – The First 150 Years (1866 – 2016)

The National Secular Society – The First 150 Years (1866 – 2016)

Mon, 01 Aug 2016

Marking our 150th anniversary, this brochure looks at some of the key landmarks in our history. From being prosecuted for 'blasphemy' to being instrumental in abolishing it. The story shows how far the secularist movement has come, always at the forefront of progressive social change.

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Rethinking religion and belief in public life: a manifesto for change

Rethinking religion and belief in public life: a manifesto for change

Fri, 01 Jan 2016

Britain is drifting away from Christianity. Meanwhile religion is becoming more personalised, minority religions are on the rise and non-religiosity is increasing. This demands a long term, sustainable settlement on religion's relationship with the State.

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An introduction to secularism

An introduction to secularism

Fri, 01 Jul 2011

A short introduction to secularism, different models and approaches and why secularism is important for human rights

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