Challenging Religious Privilege
Read and share our campaign briefing on ensuring access to age-appropriate relationships and sex education for all pupils
Join our campaign for an inclusive and secular education system.
We campaign for the law and the administration of justice to be based on equality, respect for human rights, and on objective evidence.
Public services that are intended for the whole community, especially those funded by public money, should be provided in a secular context.
We campaign on a wide range of topics where religious privilege impacts public life. Including:
For over 150 years we have campaigned for disestablishment, the separation of the C of E and state.
Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2022
School inspectorate Ofsted has criticised the Catholic Church for forcing a school to cancel a talk by a gay children's author.
Posted: Wed, 20 Apr 2022
Religious exemptions from sex education at schools should be removed to protect women's health, experts have said.
Posted: Wed, 09 Mar 2022
The NSS has said religious control over state schools must be challenged after a Catholic diocese cancelled a talk by a gay author.
Posted: Tue, 01 Mar 2022
The NSS has warned the NI Executive that conservative religious teachings may play a role in abuse and violence against women and girls.
Posted: Mon, 14 Feb 2022
A sexual disorder in women may be linked to religious control of sex education, a study suggests.
Comments from Ofsted's chief inspector highlight the need to help schools resist efforts to shut down teaching which reactionary religious groups deem controversial, says Alastair Lichten.
Posted: Wed, 07 Jul 2021
Every child has been withdrawn from sex education classes at an independent faith school. Megan Manson says the parental right of withdrawal is incompatible with children's right to an education that keeps...
Posted: Thu, 20 May 2021
The local council in the Outer Hebrides has endorsed Catholic Church resources on sex and relationships – with some demanding they're used "exclusively". Neil Barber says this is a misguided decision....
Posted: Wed, 16 Dec 2020
As the government considers ways to end 'gay conversion therapy' it should give Ofsted the power to stop faith schools fostering anti-LGBT attitudes in the first place, says Megan Manson.
Posted: Thu, 25 Jun 2020
Sex education empowers young people. The government must stand up to those making faux religious freedom arguments in an attempt to stop them receiving it, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Fri, 03 Jan 2020